Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the quality of life for future generations.

Energy-Related Projects

Harford Community College is committed to conserving energy and exploring alternative, renewable energy sources.

    Geothermal Wells

    Geothermal wells help reduce energy consumption by 30% to 50% by using the earth as a heat sink for summer cooling and winter heating. A closed loop system takes advantage of a constant underground temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Harford Community College's geothermal wells are located at the Observatory, Conowingo, and the Hays-Heighe House

    Solar Hot Water Heating

    Four campus buildings (Student Center, Havre de Grace Hall, Chesapeake Center and Aberdeen Hall) have solar hot water heating systems to augment domestic hot water needs.

    Photovoltaic Projects

    The Campus installed over 3,700 - 240 watt photovoltaic panels on the roofs of multiple buildings. These systems are capable of producing over 900,000 KWH of renewable energy.  

    Wind Projects

    Harford Community College first wind turbine was installed near the science pond and is used as working demonstration model for students and visitors. The turbine provides power for a pump to aerate the pond. Additional photovoltaic panels were added to improve the system’s performance.

    Energy Efficiency

    Below is a partial list of some of the energy efficiency steps the College has taken:

    • All academic buildings now utilize an energy management system to reduce building energy consumption.
    • Installation of lighting motion sensors has become a standard practice on all new projects.
    • Replaced bare underground heating pipe with insulated piping.
    • Converted oil burners to energy efficient gas fired condensing boilers
    • Upgraded interior and exterior lights to energy-efficient LED's.
    • Installed geo-thermal heating systems and solar hot water heating systems for multiple buildings.
    • Installed lighting control for Student Center to track brightness of natural light and turn off lights as needed.
              Installed highly reflective white roofs on five campus buildings to reduce heat gain  

    Did you know? 

    The energy efficiency measures taken in the renovation of Joppa Hall have resulted in annual  energy savings of 30%!