UNT has 100% Renewable Electricity
This landmark accomplishment was made possible by the We Mean Green Fund (WMGF), which provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to make their campus more sustainable. Through a proposal to the WMGF, UNT has enrolled in Denton Municipal Electric’s GreenSense Renewable Electricity Program, which will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to cover the electricity use at the UNT main campus and UNT’s Discovery Park campus.
What is a Renewable Energy Credit?
RECs are the currency of renewable energy. When a megawatt of electricity from a renewable source (like a wind or solar farm) is delivered into the grid, a REC is generated. RECs can be sold to those that are interested in supporting renewable energy or reducing their carbon footprint. By purchasing a REC, the purchaser claims ownership of the renewable energy that was delivered to the grid. REC ownership allows people and institutions to claim that the electricity used is from a renewable source with zero or low emissions.
UNT is a Leader in Green Energy
The University of North Texas has enrolled in the US EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a leaderboard of institutions committed to renewable energy purchasing. UNT ranks #1 of universities in Texas, #11 of universities nationally, and #72 of all public or private institutions!
Beyond supporting renewable energies on campus, UNT also hopes to serve as a leader in the community and encourage others to support renewable energy! Denton Municipal Electric (DME) account holders are also able to enroll in the GreenSense program. Contact DME Utilities Customer Service at 940-349-8700 to learn more and enroll.
If you are interested in learning more about this project, renewable energy, or the WMGF, please contact WeMeanGreen@unt.edu. Instructors – We will be happy to provide classroom presentations tailored to the content of your course.
What is the Impact of UNT’s Enrollment?
UNT’s GreenSense enrollment prevents carbon emissions equivalent to:
- 7,919 average residential homes
- 15,841 passenger vehicles driven for one year
- 180,221,389 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle. (Enough to drive from New York to Los Angeles 64,945 times or around the world 7,238 times.)
- 173,627 barrels of oil
- 3,074,033 tanks of propane
- 23,800 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
- Switching 2,658,417 incandescent lightbulbs to LED
How many trees would it take to sequester this much carbon?
- Nearly 2,000,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
- 71,182 acres of US forest, more than 1/10 the land area of Rhode Island.
Does UNT produce this energy on site?
No, the renewable energy is not produced on site. The energy delivered to the grid is produced by off-site turbines and solar arrays. UNT purchases certified renewable energy credits which give UNT ownership of the green energy.
Why is UNT purchasing RECs rather than pursuing on site production through solar arrays or turbines?
It is true that on-site green energy production would be ideal. However, the capital investment and logistical constraints of producing the electricity to power UNT is not feasible in the short term. REC purchase allows for 100% renewable electricity immediately.
What about the renewables we already generate on campus?
The RECs and on-site production complement one another. Renewable energy from UNT’s turbines and solar panels continue to provide electricity on campus and reduce the need for energy from the grid. The REC purchase ensures that the energy from the grid is from renewable resources.
We Want to Hear from You!
What do you think about UNT going 100% green? Give your feedback to help determine if UNT Goes GreenSense will be renewed for 4 more years!