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George Town Energy Final Proposal 11-28-11

George Town Energy Final Proposal 11-28-11

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Published by: Ryan J. Bellmore on Nov 30, 2011
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A Renewable Roadmap
Powering Student Life with Solar Energy 
Prepared by
Georgetown Energy 
 Updated 11.28.2011
Table of Contents
Executive Summary
. 10
Solar Model
. 11
Frequently Asked Questions
. 14
. 16
November 2011
... 28
-- President Barack Obama, addressing U
use of clean energy in McDonough Gymnasium, March 30, 2011.
I. Executive Summary
The Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) is currently exploring ideas on howbest to use a $3.4 million endowment which has accumulated over the past decade through theStudent Activities Fee. GUSA intends to distribute the funds to projects which affect the entirestudent body and have a lasting impact on campus.
We believe that 96.6 kW of rooftop solar installations on 43 university-owned townhouses
their energy education. The systems would represent a strong economic investment, as the$234,489 savings from solar will cover the $163,399 cost in under 11 years and beginimmediately earning the university savings after that, for a gross savings of $397,889.
Total Solar
96.6 kW
Total Cost
Net Savings
Total Allocated toGUSA Fund
We propose 100% of the energy savings (the gross figure, $387,889) be put under the jurisdiction of GUSA. Although the fund is available for all students and can be applied toinitiatives that GUSA deems necessary, it is our vision that these funds will meet energy,sustainability, technology and science needs on campus. The fund will operate on the idea of giving back to Georgetown, embodying the founding Jesuit ideals of this university.
Xavier Rivera, the Director of Utilities originally suggested that townhouses could represent afeasible opportunity for implementing solar technology. We have secured support for our innovative proposal from Solar City, community solar leaders, university energy officials,distinguished alumni, student leaders on campus, general students and professors. A renewedcommitment to solar energy on the Georgetown campus will foster greater awareness of our energy consumption. Students at Georgetown will enter the world with personal experience inreducing their own carbon footprint and an understanding of how solar can be financially viable.The solar panel installations will also help Georgetown reach its stated goal of reducinggreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% per square foot by the year 2020.
Our proposal achieves 5 key goals:
1. Lowering the school's electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions.
2. Exemplifying the Jesuit tradition of giving back to the community by reallocating funds toGUSA.
3. Providing a permanent manifestation of 
andelevating its status among peer institutions.
4. Fostering a stronger understanding of sustainability in students across a wide variety of interests, from business to development to the physical sciences.
5. Educating students on the environmental and financial benefits of renewable energy.

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