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Clean Energy Campus

7,800 solar panels on 9 acres of land

Solar City began installing 1,207 galvanized posts, 5 feet into the ground, to support over 7,800 solar panels in July 2013. The project is located on 9 acres of hillside adjacent to Moehl Stadium. The panels will be tilted at 35 degrees with different orientations ranging from 180 to 210 degrees south to capture the sun’s rays and convert the energy into electricity to power approximately 35% of the Oregon Tech campus.

With the completion of the 1.75 MW geothermal power plant and the 2.0 MW solar array project, Oregon Tech became the first university in North America to reach a major goal to generate most—if not all—electrical power needed for the campus.

Clean Energy Campus

  • Oregon Tech will reach its goal of being clean energy powered and climate neutral by 2050.

  • A low-temperature power plant was installed at Oregon Tech in April 2009 and provides 10% of the campus' electricity.

Renewable Energy Engineering Degrees

ABET Accredited

In 2005, Oregon Tech furthered its commitment to sustainable power by introducing the first Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Systems in North America (now known as Renewable Energy Engineering). Oregon Tech’s renewable energy program establishes the engineering principles graduates will need to develop, promote, and implement sustainable energy technologies. Oregon Tech’s BS in Renewable Energy Engineering degree program is the only ABET-accredited energy engineering program in North America.

The Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE) program is offered at the Oregon Tech Wilsonville Campus. The MSREE program accommodates both full-time students and working professionals. The MSREE program is designed to prepare graduates to be energy engineering professionals who have advanced knowledge and skills that enable them to assume a broad range of technical leadership roles.

Initiatives by the Numbers

Oregon Tech has the first geothermal combined heat and power plant in the world on a university campus and uses it to heat the entire campus.

The Solar Array installed at Oregon Tech is the equivalent to 225,150 Gal. of Gasoline Saved

Operation of the Geothermal Plants at Oregon Tech are equivalent to 840 Cars and Light Trucks from the road