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Universities Honored as Green Power Leaders by EPA
Stanford, University of Missouri, University of California, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Green Power Partnership in 2001 to protect human health and the environment by increasing organizations' voluntary green power use to advance the American market for green power and development of those resources. The program provides a framework that includes credible usage benchmarks, market information, technical assistance, and public recognition to companies and other organizations that use green power.

Four universities were among the honorees in the EPA's 17th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, which recognize Green Power Partners for achievements in advancing the nation's voluntary green power market.

Stanford University and the University of Missouri were both recognized for direct project engagement. Stanford's cutting-edge energy facility has 72 megawatts of solar capacity, meeting more than 50 percent of the university's electricity needs. The University of Missouri combines on-site generation and an innovative wind power purchase agreement (PPA) to purchase more than 90 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 36 percent of the university's campus electricity.

The University of California and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, were honored for excellence in green power use. The University of California has made numerous large-scale investments in green power, including long-term power purchase agreements for 80 megawatts of solar energy projects in California's Central Valley that began to come online in 2016 and represent the largest solar purchase ever made by a university in the United States. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, became the largest college or university green power user in the partnership as of 2016, purchasing more than 250 million kilowatt hours of green power annually.

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