A university in England is to use 100 percent clean electricity from October after deciding to opt for a "green electricity tariff" with energy firm EDF.
In a statement on Monday, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) said it currently spent around £3 million ($3.89 million) annually on electricity. Switching to the greener tariff will see that increase by "less than 0.3 percent", the university said. The tariff is being made available under a new framework from energy and procurement body TEC.
"The new TEC Framework with EDF has now made it possible for us to purchase electricity guaranteed from renewable sources that is affordable and doesn't put a strain on our budget," Fabia Jeddere-Fisher, UWE Bristol's energy manager, said in a news release.
"This was a no-brainer for us," Jeddere-Fisher added. "Our students and staff still get an excellent service overall, plus we know the electricity we consume on site has come from renewable sources either on-site, including our new 450 kWp (kilowatt peak) PV array, or from our new renewable tariff," she said.
UWE Bristol recently announced plans to quadruple its solar capacity with the new array, a £650,000 spend that the university says will produce more than 400 megawatt hours per year and help to save £55,000 and 200 tonnes of carbon annually.