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Renewable U: College Campuses Invest in Renewable Energy

Renewable U: College Campuses Invest in Renewable Energy

The canopy is more than just eco window dressing — Antonio Calcado, Rutgers vice president for facilities and capital planning, expects that with the financing structure, grants and energy credits, the investment will return about $28 million to the university over the next 20 years. A previous solar project had a similarly rapid payback. “Combined with the electricity we produce, it’s a winner all around,” says Calcado. “We’re an institution of higher learning — we teach this stuff — so we should also lead by example. It’s a living laboratory in many respects.” Sustainability Report Cards Like Rutgers, colleges across the nation are increasingly competing to cut their carbon footprints with attention-grabbing projects. Many have now invested in wind turbines, but Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, was the first to erect a utility-scale 1.65 MW turbine on a college...

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