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, Plant Services Building, and the Hays-Heighe House

    Solar Hot Water Heating

    Four campus locations (Student Center, Havre de Grace Hall, Chesapeake Center and Aberdeen Hall) use solar power to heat hot water.

    Photovoltaic Projects

    In 2012, an 11,000-watt solar photovoltaic array was installed on the roof of Aberdeen Hall. This project was funded through a grant by J.M.Huber.  

    Wind Projects

    In 2008, Harford Community College's first wind turbine was installed near the pond. The turbine provides power for a pump to aerate the pond. Additional photovoltaic panels were added in 2010 to improve the system’s performance.

    Energy Efficiency

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

    • Installed an energy management system with each new building and renovation project.
    • Installed lighting motion sensors.
    • Replaced bare underground heating pipe with insulated piping.
    • Converted oil burners to natural gas and installed new gas burners.
    • Upgraded interior building lights to energy-efficient bulbs and ballasts.
    • Installed photo eye and timer on tennis court lights to keep lights off during daytime.
    • Installed geo-thermal heating systems and solar hot water heating systems.
    • Installed lighting control for Student Center to track brightness of natural light and turn off lights as needed.

    Did you know? 

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