The nation’s largest net zero plus commercial building retrofit was dedicated earlier this month: the Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute located in Greater Los Angeles. The 144,000-square-foot demonstration demonstration center and living laboratory on advanced and emerging clean energy technologies showcases the future of smart energy efficiency design, microgrid system integration, energy storage solutions, building resiliency in the wake of natural disasters or grid interruptions, and a suite of integrated electrical technologies and controls.
The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute will generate more energy than it consumes each year. This excess energy, generated by an onsite photovoltaic solar array, can be stored in the center’s battery storage system or be discharged back into the electric grid system.
"This innovative program embodies all we are trying to accomplish in creating a more sustainable region: solar energy; energy efficiency; back up power; recycled materials; livable workplaces; green jobs; and economic opportunity for everyone," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "It is the largest net zero plus commercial building retrofit in the U.S. and a great example of how we can transform our existing buildings — and thanks to IBEW Local 11 and LA/NECA, 1,500 people will now be prepared to be part of the clean energy future and have access to good paying jobs."
The NZP ETI is also an educational facility that trains electrical apprentices, journeymen and contractors annually for careers at the forefront of the electrical industry for The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
The energy, environmental, economic and community benefits of this multi-million dollar retrofit include:
- 51% reduced total energy consumption
- 185,000kWh/yr. more energy than consumed
- 520 metric tons/yr. reduction of CO2
- 1,500 individuals trained each year for long term careers in the energy industry
- A resource for architects, developers, and building owners to learn about the integration of advanced technologies
- Enhanced grid stability and improved natural disaster and emergency response solutions
- Maintenance a goal of 50% veteran enrollment in each new apprenticeship class as well as a comprehensive outreach program encompassing disadvantaged communities throughout Los Angeles County
NZP ETI project sponsors include: One Source Distributors, Samsung SDI (Energy Storage Solutions), Square D by Schneider Electric, and Sage Glass. The project development team includes PDE Total Energy Solutions, O’Bryant Electric, stok, Western Allied Mechanical, Hutchens PR, Avery Energy Consulting and SimonGlover Architects.