The first zero net energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California this standard has penetrated the residential market and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI), in Greater Los Angeles, goes further. America’s largest net zero plus building is expected to generate an additional 185,000 KWh of electricity by the end of year one.
According to Dave Egles’ study, the Potential for Solar Power in British Columbia: 2007 to 2025, BC’s climate is much more amenable to solar than either Germany’s or Japan’s. The average production of a PV solar array in Kamloops, for example, is 1160 kWh/kW of PV installed. Even Vancouver (1009) has much more solar potential than Tokyo (885) or Berlin (only 848). One of our readers has provided more recent data that shows the last two figures are probably too low (see comments, below), but it is obvious BC has a great deal of untapped potential. Continue reading Riverside Energy Systems Shows BC’s Solar Potential→
A press release about San Diego’s first Zero Net Apartments was issued two days ago. The 338kW solar installation, of panels made by Kyocera Solar Inc., will provide 100% of the electricity needed by H.G. Fenton Co.’s 114-unit Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in San Diego’s Scripps Ranch suburb. In addition to being San Diego’s first net-zero apartments, Solterra is the first in the US to give tenants instant access to their energy consumption via smartphone, enabling them to adjust their thermostats remotely and is incorporating energy-efficient and water-saving features including Energy Star appliances (such as washers that use up to 40% less water ), drip-irrigation landscaping (that requires little to no irrigation) and garages prewired to charge electric vehicles. Continue reading San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Apartment Complex→