Renewable Energy | Office of Sustainability | The University of Vermont(title)

The University of Vermont is committed to advancing renewable energy generation and research in the state of Vermont. Through grant-funded ownership and partnerships with local developers, the University of Vermont has installed multiple solar arrays throughout the main campus, lowering our greenhouse gas emissions while also contributing to the renewability of the state energy portfolio.

Existing Solar Arrays on Campus

Aiken Forestry Trackers

This project consists of 17 solar trackers located at 705 Spear Street, which follow the movement of the sun across the sky. This system is owned by AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont based solar company. The original installation of this project and associated power purchase agreement in 2010 contributed to the Aiken Center's LEED Platinum designation. There is one tracker located in front of the Aiken Center on central campus that was donated to UVM by AllEarth. In 2022, the trackers were upgraded, and the power purchase agreement renewed. The renewable energy credits from this system will contribute to the Aiken Center's Net Zero certification moving forward. 

Potential Annual Output - 101,100 kWh

Monitoring Dashboard

650 Spear Street and Aiken Forestry Fixed Arrays

These arrays were commissioned in December 2020, developed by Bullrock Corporation, a Vermont based solar company. UVM has entered into a power purchase agreement for these systems. Some of the renewable energy credits from these systems contribute to the Aiken Center's Net Zero certification. 

Potential Annual Output - 650 Spear Street: 257,300 kWh, Aiken Forestry Fixed: 128,600 kWh


Miller Farm Sandia Phases 1 and 2

The Sandia National Laboratories Photovoltaic Project is conducted a Systems Long Term Exposure (SLTE) experiment, specifically designed to field small grid-tied systems in three diverse climates (New Mexico, Florida and Vermont) for the purpose of measuring degradation of the systems.  This was a controlled study of the PV modules having some level of baseline testing prior to installation.  

The University of Vermont, in coordination with New Mexico State University (NMSU), developed outdoor photo-voltaic test capabilities in support of a Sandia National Laboratories research project. Work included administrative, engineering and construction tasks required to install, make operational, and collect operating data from a number of 1KW grid-tied systems.  These systems were monitored by NMSU to measure system degradation rates with the expectation that these rates will be representative of systems deployed in climates with periods of severe cold, such as Vermont. Based on the findings of Phase 1, which employed three different panels, the Phase 2 installation was designed using the panels that performed the best in Vermont's climate during Phase 1. 

Potential Annual Output - Phase 1: 2,500 kWh, Phase 2: 14,200 kWh

Miller Farm Equine Solar

UVM's Sustainable Campus Fund (formerly the Clean Energy Fund) sponsored this project which included the installation of a 32kW grid-tied roof mounted array at the Miller Farm Equine Center.  This solar panel arrangement was developed to generate power that covers the electrical demands of the horse barn including computer, lighting, appliances and other miscellaneous equipment. The 134-panel rooftop array covers most of the Equine Center south-facing roof, and includes Enphase micro-inverter technology, which enables real-time monitoring and analysis of power production for each individual solar panel, improving energy harvest and system reliability.

Potential Annual Output - 37,500 kWh

Miller Farm Milking Parlor Solar

This project was commissioned in 2018, with funding support from the UVM Energy Revolving Fund and a grant from Green Mountain Power. The renewable energy credits from this system were transferred to Green Mountain Power which helps the utility meet the requirements of Vermont's Renewable Energy Standard. 

Potential Annual Output - 17,500 kWh

Main Campus District Energy Plant Solar

At the time of this system's installation in 2000, it was the largest rooftop array in Vermont. The original project represented a partnership between UVM, Burlington Electric Company, and a Montpelier-based renewable energy company, Solar Works, Inc. In 2014, this system was expanded through funding from UVM's Sustainable Campus Fund (formerly the Clean Energy Fund). 

Potential Annual Output - 28,500 kWh