Purple icon with text: power campus with renewable energyPower our campus with renewable energy by 2035

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.


Solar Power

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

Overhead shot of the solar panel pylons ready for panels at the Cascadilla farm
Cascadilla Community Solar Farm at Cornell University (under construction)

Cascadilla Community Solar Farm 

Cornell is currently in partnership with Solar Farms New York to complete the Cascadilla Community Solar Farm, a 125-acre, 18-megawatt solar farm near Game Farm Road.

First-year student site courtyard rendering of the NCRE project
Panels are proposed for the roof of the North Campus Residential Expansion project

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.

Large solar array as seen from above
Solar projects of this scale will be easier for campuses to solicit and finance in the consortium

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 in New York State. 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 development in New York State.


 

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)