We aspire to power our campus by creating or purchasing new, additional renewable energy. By using green energy to power the campus, we can secure a low-risk future for our operations and develop New York State's green economy.
See all of Cornell's climate and sustainability goals for more information about how this goal compliments our commitment to carbon neutrality and other efforts.
Cornell is powered by six solar farms across land owned by the University in New York State, as well as a variety of on-campus rooftop arrays. Our goal is to power the campus with 100% renewable energy by 2035.
Recent & Ongoing Solar Projects
Cascadilla Community Solar Farm
Cornell partnered with Solar Farms New York to complete the Cascadilla Community Solar Farm, a 110-acre, 18-megawatt solar farm near Game Farm Road.
North Campus Residential Expansion Rooftop Solar
From the rooftops of Cornell’s proposed North Campus Residential Expansion (NCRE), the university hopes to gather enough solar energy to offset about 1 megawatt of electricity annually and further reduce the university’s carbon footprint. If the NCRE solar rooftop project receives municipal approvals and permits, the university’s solar energy capacity could generate annually about 30 megawatts of electricity.
NY Higher Education Large Scale Renewable Energy (LSRE) Project
Over 20 State University of New York (SUNY) and private NYS higher education institutions have joined together to form a consortium for developing and purchasing new, large scale renewable energy projects. The newly launched NY Higher Education LSRE Project seeks to lower financial barriers to renewable energy procurement through combined purchases. The consortium plans to consider large-scale solar photovoltaic, wind, hydroelectric and/or energy storage projects for new development.
Completed Cornell solar projects include:
• Snyder Road, Lansing, New York, 1.76 megawatts (2014)
• Rooftop solar on the Ithaca campus, 0.09 megawatts (2015)
• Geneva, New York, 2 megawatts (2015)
• Harford, New York, 2 megawatts (2016)
• Musgrave West and Musgrave East, Aurora, New York, 4 megawatts (2016)