University of Illinois Ranks Number 25 Nationally on EPA's List of On-Site Green Power Users

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Feb. 21, 2022 - PRLog -- The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) top-30 list of the largest on-site green power users in the Green Power Partnership (GPP). The university ranks number 25 nationally after producing more than 16,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power between July 2020 and June 2021.

The U of I joins prominent companies, such as Apple, Procter & Gamble, Walmart Inc., Target, Intel, and IKEA, on the list, which ranks businesses and organizations based on their annual green power usage, on-site generation of green power, and the green power percentage of their annual electricity usage. Because of the output from two utility-scale solar farms and multiple rooftop arrays, The U of I is now third among U.S. universities in on-site clean power production. The university's total will increase next year, as this period only accounts for five months of Solar Farm 2.0 production after commercial operations began on January 29, 2021.

Interim Executive Director of Facilities & Services Ehab Kamarah said, "Making the EPA list for the first time and receiving this recognition is a tremendous achievement that is only possible because of the ongoing collaboration and the commitment of students, faculty, and staff to pursue renewable energy resources that reduce the university's carbon footprint, increase research opportunities, and conserve our natural resources."

The university's sustainability initiatives and renewable energy goals are outlined in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). The iCAP is the university's strategic plan to meet Climate Leadership Commitments, including being carbon neutral as soon as possible and building resilience to climate change in the local community.

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) supports sustainable campus solutions through the implementation of iCAP objectives and related initiatives that demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship and set a path toward a clean energy future. iSEE works with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and community members to reach these objectives.

"We are excited that our campus can be recognized for our progress on green power," iSEE Interim Director Madhu Khanna said, "and we look forward to continuing the efforts to find low-carbon energy sources and to reduce emissions as we strive to reach carbon neutrality as soon as possible."

According to the U.S. EPA, the university's yearly total green power usage of 39,000 MWh is equivalent to the annual electricity use of nearly 4,000 average American homes. By fiscal year 2025, the university aims for 140,000 MWh/year of clean power or realizing approximately 30 percent of its annual electrical demand.

More information is available at https://fs.illinois.edu/.

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