This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
5.3 Megawatt Solar Plant Tour: Tour the 30-acre, public-private partnership among CSU, Xcel Energy, and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures at the 5.3 Megawatt solar plant. There are approximately 23,000 solar panels located at the plant with an annual expected output of 8.5 million kilowatts covering about 33% of the electricity consumed on the Foothills Campus.
Earth Bin Composter Tour: This large-scale in-vessel composter turns about 300,000 pounds of compostable material from the dining centers pulpers on the main CSU campus as well as some organic material from the main campus into soil amendments. The composted soil is targeted for use in campus landscaping projects.
Biomass Boiler Tour: The biomass boiler burns approximately 600 tons of wood chips from fire mitigation projects each year to heat water and displaces natural gas use. Biomass energy produces 96% fewer overall emissions than natural forest fires and 97% fewer than prescribed burning. The plant has a rating of 46 bhp.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.