While natural gas, water and heating oil usage are separately metered by building, the majority of the campus is master metered for electricity. The master metered electricity account includes fifty buildings and accounts for over ninety-five percent of the College's annual electrical consumption. The installation of electric submeters is required in order to determine what the operating cost of each building, whether they are being run efficiently, and whether energy efficiency projects have been effective. The College began adding electric meters in December 2012. Electricity to each building must be off for approximately one hour; therefore, scheduling shutdowns can be a tricky process.
Two phases of electric meter installations have been completed. Currently there are 21 electric meters on campus at the following buildings: Ames Sports Complex, Benaglia Hall, Boland Hall, College Center, Corr Hall, Cushing-Martin, Duffy Academic Center, Flynn Hall, Ice Rink Garage, Martin Institute, Merkert-Tracy, New Residence Hall, Notre Dame du Lac, O'Hara Hall, O'Hara Village, Roche Dining Commons, Shields Science Center, Stanger Hall, Villa Theresa, WB Mason Stadium, and Cedarville, Cotiut and Humarock at Pilgrim Heights Village . These buildings were selected for various reasons which include the potential for enhanced incentive funding from our utility providers for energy efficiency projects, the prevalence of electric heat or major cooking facilities, or the complexity, size and usage of the building itself.
Live and historical data is available online, and can be provided to any Stonehill community member by emailing Jessa Gagne who will provide login information upon request.
Stonehill College’s new 2.7 megawatts solar field residing on 15 acres located at the David Ames Clock Farm, became fully functional on July 10, 2014, and become the 11th (tied) largest solar installation on a college campus nationwide. It is made up of 9,152 panels, and will generate 3.24 million kWh or 20% of our annual electrical usage. It is estimated that the field will save the college $3.2 million over the next 15 years. The College also installed solar panels on two additional buildings. Pole Building #2 received roof-top solar panels and is expected to generate 58,150 kWh per year and became operational on February 6, 2014. Pole Building #3 received roof-top solar panels and is expected to generate 85,862 kWh per year and became operational on February 25, 2014.