Alternative Energy Sources
Since 2008, UTC student Green Fees have funded Green Power purchases of renewable energy. Through the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Green Power Switch program, UTC purchased 675,000 KwH of electricity annually, generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar or biomass.
In 2013, UTC will participate in TVA's pilot Southeastern Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) program, and increase its purchase of Green Power to 6,000,000 KwH each year, or 13% of the annual electricity consumption. Under this new program, electricity is generated by independently owned, Green-e certified, low-impact hydro-electric companies located within the Southeast energy market. This annual purchase is equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions of over 440,000 gallons of gasoline!
Two geothermal projects are in the planning phase, positioning UTC as the first UT campus to use ground-source heating and cooling. The Department of Engineering has received a grant to install a geothermal system at the Test Track; and the Student Green Fee is funding a geothermal installation at the Human Resource Center.
The Challenger STEM Learning Center hosts an array of photovoltaic panels on its roof, generating 9 KwH of electricity. This project was funded in part by GreenSpaces Chattanooga, with support from the Lyndhurst Foundation.