ZNE Training Center: Zero Net Energy Center
Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy
When it came time to upgrade their training facility, the IBEW Local 595 and NECA chapters targeted net zero energy. They wanted to demonstrate that this goal was achievable and train their electrical contractors on the latest, cutting-edge energy efficiency strategies and renewable energy sources. If California hopes to achieve its goals of all new residential construction being ZNE by 2020 and new commercial ZNE by 2030, it is critical that there be a workforce in place that has the skills to install, operate and maintain the lighting and building automation systems as well as the renewable systems used throughout the project. The building features both flat and tilted roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, a dual-axis solar tree which tracks the sun for maximum generation, and three 12 kW wind turbines.