San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says it has begun construction of the new Energy Innovation Center, which will be located in an existing building in Clairemont, Calif. Extensive remodeling efforts are under way, and once completed, the center will incorporate the latest sustainable design features, SDG&E says.
The center will showcase examples of highly efficient energy-management systems and demonstrate technologies for businesses and design professionals to incorporate into their buildings. Many of the program offerings and design features are the result of a collaborative approach with community-based organizations, local businesses and other key stakeholders.
SDG&E will hold seminars and demonstrations at the Energy Innovation Center to help customers find the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions to meet their specific needs. Topics will include renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand response and alternative fuel transportation. Education, training and certification programs will be offered for local workers in the construction, remodeling and retrofit industries, helping to foster green jobs within the San Diego region, the utility adds.
‘To meet California's ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction and renewable energy goals, all of us must change the way we think about using energy,’ says Hal D. Snyder, vice president of customer solutions for SDG&E. ‘This center will provide information and tools for businesses and residential customers to learn more about how to use energy more efficiently, save money and help the environment.’
The Energy Innovation Center is scheduled to open in spring 2011.
SOURCE: San Diego Gas & Electric