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Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus
On April 18th, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls celebrated the completion of two major renewable energy projects, making it the first university in North America to generate all of its own electricity and heat on campus. Oregon Tech is a huge leader in renewable energy education; in 2005, it introduced an accredited Bachelor of Science program in Renewable Energy Engineering—another first in North America. The campus has been entirely heated by geothermal water for several decades, and now the geothermal resource is being utilized in a 1.75 MW combined heat and power plant to provide electricity. Additionally, a 2.0 MW solar array was installed on 9 acres of campus land and commissioned at the end of last year.
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