Net Zero Institute Achieves
Energy Efficiency Benchmark
➙Paving the way for other retrofit projects to do the same, the Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute
The NZP-ETI surpasses the net zero energy qualification
by generating more energy on site than it will consume.
“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,” explains
the NZP-ETI. The institute covers 144,000 square feet with
a demonstration center and laboratory designed to develop
clean energy technologies and train those entering the electrical industry.
So how can you make improvements to your building to
get closer to becoming a net zero energy site? On-site im-
provements that take advantage of natural resources could
be the answer.
The solar array the NZP-ETI installed provides the ability to generate electricity directly into the building or to be
stored for future use. The versatility of their array provides
surplus energy, which compensates for times when more energy is needed. Typically, the production of solar energy is at
its highest during the peak operational hours of a building.
Other options include solar water heating systems and
wind turbines. Solar water heating systems often require a
backup water heater when it is particularly cloudy, but it will
save on electricity usage. Wind turbines necessitate an open
area with high wind speeds, but they can efficiently supplement existing energy systems.
The energy and environmental benefits of the NZP-ETI
include reducing total energy consumption 51%, producing
185,000 k Wh per year more than it consumes and shrinking
carbon dioxide emissions by 502 metric tons per year. B
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A SOLAR ARRAY HELPS NZP-ETI produce 185,000 k Wh per year more
than it consumes.