EcoMotion’s Troy Strand trains Metro staff
PV Training, Los Angeles: EcoMotion recently trained 40 Los Angeles Metro engineers and facilities maintenance professionals on solar maintenance. The two-day, 164 slide course featured four classroom modules on PV Theory, Metro’s Installations, Solar Safety, and Preventative Maintenance. In addition the course involved rooftop hands-on analysis and measurement to assure fully functional solar systems at maintenance divisions. EcoMotion’s Senior Solar Specialist Troy Strand provided the training at three Metro maintenance facilities that already have solar, including the Regional Rebuild Center, a massive bus maintenance facility topped with a 1 MW array. As part of a multi-task solar consulting role, EcoMotion has also prepared solar specifications for Metro roof and ground-mounted solar systems.
Climate Smart Schools, California: EcoMotion’s west coast campus project – Climate Smart Schools – is in full swing, with energy management plans being developed for two major school districts in Southern California. In each case, the CSS team is analyzing energy use, benchmarking more than 100 campuses, developing matrices of retrofit opportunities, and determining efficiency upgrades and renewable installations that make sense. In Poway, efficiency retrofits are focused on four high-use schools. In Garden Grove, 14 schools will get exterior LED lighting retrofits through the project, boosting safety and security on campuses. In related news, Ted Flanigan is speaking about the strategic use of Solar PPAs in Prop 39 funding at three School Energy Coalition forums this fall in Sacramento, Riverside, and Santa Ana.
Bryant University, Rhode Island: EcoMotion has completed the first revision of Bryant University’s Sustainability Plan. The 2.0 Plan serves as a campus roadmap for fostering environmentally sound, socially equitable, and financially responsible practices as Bryant. It includes two new domains, supply chain management and food and dining. The Plan provides background and baseline information, lists strategies, and presents goals with correlating baseline metrics for each domain. The Plan also contains new Energy Guidelines for Campus Sustainability including expectations for community members and departments. Its appendix it’s an implementation tracking system which measures progress and savings for each goal.
It’s a new year and EcoMotion is managing a new cadre of passionate Student Sustainability Ambassadors at Bryant. This student engagement program facilitates the growth and experience of student leaders, develops peer-to-peer networks for inspiring positive behavior change and awareness, and assists in coordinating campus wide sustainability initiatives and campaigns. EcoMotion is excited to see the growth and results of the comprehensive sustainability program at Bryant this academic year, with an ever-more-integrated role with the campus facilities team.
Green Revolving Funds, New England: Campus Services wrapped up coordinating the Leaders in Energy Efficiency Financing Network for the Sustainable Endowments Institute, reaching out to over 125 schools across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. By the end of the program 21 schools plus the city of Cambridge and the City of Boston were exploring a green revolving fund as a financing mechanisms for energy efficiency. Revolving funds are proven means of recycling dollars, leveraging investments in efficiency and renewables by taking a share of the savings to invest in more projects and thus more savings. While the largest funds are at University of Vermont and Harvard, SEI is keen on the involvement of many schools that want to start small, recognizing the value of institutionalizing the revolving fund approach and scaling over time.
Millbrook’s solar array
Millbrook School Solar, New York: EcoMotion has served as the owner’s rep for a 1.73 MW solar system at Millbrook, a small boarding school located about two hours north of New York City. Constituting Phase One of the school’s carbon neutrality plan, the solar system will provide 100% of the entire campus’s electricity. The project covers 7.5 acres, one of several “south fields” on the school’s idyllic 800-acre campus. Financed with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) through SolarCity, Millbrook will save ~$30,000 in the first year, and then over a million dollars in 20 years thanks to a 7.5 cent/kWh PPA price with a 0% escalator. Savings will be reinvested in efficiency measures identified in all 43 school buildings. Later carbon neutrality phases include additional geothermal and potentially a community biofuels plant using neighboring farm’s wastes.