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Energy at Montclair State

MSU's Energy

Where does our energy come from?

Energy solutions are always evolving. Here’s what the University has done so far:

Co-Generation on Campus

Cogen Plant

What is Co-generation?

Co-generation is “the production of electricity using waste heat (as in steam) from an industrial process or the use of steam from electric power generation as a source of heat” (Merriam-Webster)

Our Story

Montclair State University and UMM Energy Partners, LLC formed a major public-private partnership to develop a combined heating, cooling, and power (CHCP) system for the campus.

The facility and its related improvements went online in 2013 and replaced the former energy plant which began generating steam in the 1940s and providing electricity as a co-generation plant in 1993. The project’s development resulted in more cost-effective, efficient, and reliable delivery of heating, cooling, and electrical services to campus buildings.

The plant provides natural gas-fired electric generation, chilled water for cooling, and steam for heat. The steam, condensate, and chilled water flow to and from campus buildings through the energy distribution system. Additionally, the majority of the campus’ electricity requirements are satisfied by the onsite plant, which is designed to operate continuously, producing electric power of approximately 5.4 megawatts. The plant is located on Yogi Berra Drive, adjacent to the campus’ CarParc Diem parking garage.

Our Local Utility

A portion of our electricity comes from the local utility provider, PSE&G.

Solar at MSU

Solar panels in parking lot #60

Where are our solar panels?

The solar field is located in Parking Lot 60. It feeds into a converter and provides a small amount of power to Alice Paul Hall in the Village.

Did you know?

We have more solar panels at the NJ School of Conservation in Branchville, NJ.


In 2010, the University was awarded a grant through the Board of Public Utilities that allowed for the installation of a solar field. One third was installed at the NJ School of Conservation and the remainder at the north end of campus in Parking Lot 60. These solar installations went online in 2011.

MicroGrid

Montclair State’s MicroGrid

Power lines over campus

What’s a microgrid?

“A microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously.” (energy.gov)

Why do we have one on campus?

After a freak accident in 2016 that left the University without electrical power, the University developed a MicroGrid as one of our energy management strategies. Read the full story.

Montclair State is one of the few university campuses in the country to have its own MicroGrid setup. The redundancy provided by this facility has increased our flexibility in meeting energy demands and increased our resiliency to climate change.

The generators are housed in the same area as the main CHCP, next to CarParc Diem parking garage.