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Padres Installing Baseball’s Biggest Solar Project

The San Diego Union Tribune

The $1 million solar project is expected to be finished by the Padres' home opener March 29. Photo Credit: San Diego Union Tribune.

The $1 million solar project is expected to be finished by the Padres’ home opener March 29. Photo Credit: San Diego Union Tribune.

Petco Park is about to become home to the largest solar power system in Major League Baseball.

  • Workers have begun to install a 336,520-watt project, with 716 solar modules that can produce more than 12 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the next 25 years.
  • The project will be large — bigger than the solar systems installed by seven other teams combined.
  • The system will be installed on the stadium’s roof and is expected to be ready by the Padres’ season opener March 29.

The Padres go big on solar: Here’s the full story

There are no guarantees how the rebuilding Padres will do this coming season but on the energy front, the team is about to become baseball’s undisputed leader in the solar standings.

Construction of the largest solar power system in Major League Baseball has begun at Petco Park — a 336,520-watt project comprised of 716 high-efficiency, 470-watt solar modules expected to produce more than 12 million kilowatt-hours over the next 25 years.

Seven other teams in the majors have installed solar facilities in recent years but at a Wednesday news conference announcing the plans, officials said the Padres’ solar array will be larger than all the other teams’ facilities combined.

“This project really checked all the boxes for us,” said Erik Greupner, Padres chief operating officer. “It’s something that will generate energy savings for us over time and it’s consistent with the priorities to our fan base and to the city of San Diego.”

Workers from San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power began installing the modules earlier this week and the Padres anticipate the project will be wrapped up in time for the team’s season opener March 29 against Milwaukee.

Johnson Controls Partners with AtmosAir Solutions to Offer Enhanced Air Purification

AtmosAirTM Solutions

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Fairfield, CT – January 17, 2018 – Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the leading supplier of air handling and building controls equipment worldwide, and AtmosAirTM Solutions, the leading manufacturer of air purification systems using Bi-Polar Ionization, have partnered to deliver measurably cleaner indoor air quality. This collaboration will help JCI provide outstanding air purification performance in their YORK Air Handling Systems.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Johnson Controls,” stated Steve Levine, President and CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. who manufacturers the AtmosAirTM Solutions product line. “There has been so much recent press and research on the negative impact poor indoor air quality has on people’s health and well-being. We look forward to working together with our partners at JCI for the betterment of people, buildings, and companies. We believe that with JCI’s leadership, the AtmosAirTM product line will be able to address the need for better Indoor Air Quality across the globe.”
JCI will design and manufacture AtmosAirTM air purification as a standard option within their YORK® Air Handling Systems. The enhanced system will deliver highly efficient, chemical-free air purification, providing healthy indoor air quality. AtmosAirTM purification systems generate bi-polar ions that are carried into the space where people live, work and play to significantly reduce harmful particulates, VOCs, allergens, mold, odors, bacteria and viruses. AtmosAirTM technology is a sustainable solution as it actively enhances indoor air quality which allows buildings to reduce outside air per ASHRAE’s 62.1 IAQ procedure, saving energy and operating costs.
“Bi-polar ionization products from AtmosAir™ strengthen our growing strategy to provide innovative factory-integrated IAQ solutions in the YORK® family of air handling products. AtmosAirTM is the leading manufacturer of air purification using bi-polar ionization technology. We look forward to future opportunities to deliver this IAQ solution to our customers,” said Rob Tanner, Director of Marketing for Air Handling Systems at Johnson Controls.
Clean indoor air quality represents a major step toward transforming spaces into high-performance buildings, taking a fresh approach to performance while creating environments that are healthy, comfortable, and efficient.

CU Boulder Earns 3 LEED Platinum Certifications for Athletic Facilities

School Construction News

Solar array on top of the athletic practice facility taken during 2016 aerial photography over Boulder and the CU Bouder campus. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

Solar array on top of the athletic practice facility taken during 2016 aerial photography over Boulder and the CU Boulder campus. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

BOULDER, Colo. — Three athletic buildings at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU) were certified in fall 2017 with the highest possible LEED rating — LEED Platinum. With this latest certification by the USGBC, CU now has 25 buildings certified LEED Gold or better, either for new construction or major renovations.

The three buildings that were certified LEED Platinum include the 212,000-square-foot Champions Center, the 109,000-square-foot net-zero-energy Indoor Practice Facility (IPF) and extensive renovations done to the Dal Ward Athletic Center. All three of the athletic buildings were included in a CU athletic department facilities upgrade project that arrived at completion in 2016. All three buildings were LEED Platinum–certified by early December 2017, raising the total number of LEED Platinum buildings at CU to 10.

Completion of the new Champions Center brought a new home for CU athletics administration, the CU football program, Olympic sports, the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center as well as the Champions Club. The IPF is a climate-controlled facility and includes a full football field as well as a six-lane, 300-meter track. Upgrades to the Dal Ward Athletic Center feature new locker rooms and a new weight room for CU Olympic sports, a new room for the Herbst Academic Center and the Touchdown Club room. The Champions Center as well as the Dal Ward construction also included the addition of a pair of premium seating areas at Folsom Field.

“Achieving LEED Platinum for a project of this magnitude is a testament to the work and collaboration of several campus departments and partners,” said David Kang, vice chancellor for infrastructure and safety at CU in a recent statement. “Athletics has been a key driver of campus efforts to be a leader in sustainability, and this project is a shining example of that.”

The three-buildings project was led by Denver-based Mortenson Construction and Populous — a Denver-based architecture firm — as a joint design-build venture. Noresco, an energy services company based in Boulder, Colo., provided sustainability consulting services on the project. Construction on the project began in 2014, with different aspects of the project opening in 2015 and 2016 before its final completion at the end of 2016.

The most noteworthy sustainability feature of the athletic facilities upgrade project is the 850-kilowatt solar array that sits atop the IPF, with an estimated annual production of more than 1 million kilowatt hours. All of the energy use of the IPF — including 28 percent of the overall usage by the Athletics facilities upgrades — is offset by the impressive solar array.

Read the full story here.

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