Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is “energy from sources that are naturally replenishing but flow-limited”. Renewable energy sources, such as biomass, wind and solar, can help reduce fossil fuel use and related greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about the role of solar as a renewable source in UF’s energy use below.

On-Campus Solar

UF currently has 352 kilowatts (kW) of installed solar capacity, contributing roughly 301.5 MWh annually (0.65% of UF’s annual electricity consumption).

Future of On-Campus Solar

UF has the potential to install up to a total of 4 MW of solar power generation on campus based on the interpretation of current statewide net metering regulations. As a public institution, UF does not have the ability to directly apply tax incentives that make solar most financially attractive. However, UF is able to evaluate partnerships that would allow the university to partner with vendors that can, making on-campus solar power more feasible.

Off-Campus/Purchased Solar

Florida does not currently have a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), but institutions like UF are looking into ways to increase the amount of renewable electricity available for purchase and support larger market transition to more solar/renewable energy.

Energy Use and Efficiency

While these projects are important, UF’s first and foremost concern is reducing energy use. From raising building standards, starting with a LEED Silver minimum in 2006 and increasing to LEED Gold in 2009 for all new buildings and existing building renovations, to retrofits and upgrades to lighting and Heating and Air Conditioning infrastructure, UF is working hard to maximize the efficiency of our buildings across the board.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are both areas of focus in the ongoing process to update the UF Climate Action Plan (UF CAP 2.0).