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ERIC Number: EJ806462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-25
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Land-Rich Colleges Explore Opportunities to Create Alternative-Energy Sources
Carlson, Scott
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n46 pA10 Jul 2008
In a time of expensive energy and concerns about climate change, land may be a major asset for colleges, providing a vastly different opportunity than it did in the past, when it was merely a place to set down new buildings, new campuses, or research parks. Since new alternative-energy technologies like wind and solar demand a lot of land--along with some technical expertise and considerable investment--colleges are finding that they are a good match for companies looking to establish wind farms, solar arrays, or other renewable-energy sources. Colorado State University may provide the most remarkable example of a project in planning. Next year, on an 11,000-acre ranch donated to the university in the 1950s, wind turbines might start poking up from the landscape to churn in the gales. The university originally thought that the area, northwest of the Fort Collins campus near Wyoming, would support a 65-megawatt project, or about 30 turbines. However, the latest meteorological data say the strong winds there could drive up to 100 turbines, or a 200-megawatt system. One hundred turbines would produce more than 12 times what the university would consume at peak usage. Colorado State's wind farm may be the largest renewable-energy project planned at a college at the moment, but the notion of using college acreage for energy has occurred to many other institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; New Jersey