St. Peter’s University in New Jersey, US is embracing cogeneration in its efforts to become a clean energy leader.

The Jersey Journal reports that the university’s “energy resource area,” will contain about $1m in equipment and software that will track how much solar energy is being used on campus, which building is using the least and how much less carbon has been emitted into the atmosphere thanks to energy savings.

St Peter's University, NJ
The project includes installing solar panels on four university buildings; building a cogeneration plant that generates electricity and heat; and energy-efficient lighting in various campus locations.

The university anticipates that once the cogeneration plant is online, the campus will consume 31 per cent less energy and emit 42 per cent less carbon into the atmosphere.

St. Peter’s appointed energy firm ENER-G to work on the project, at a cost of $6.3 million funded in part by federal and state grants.

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