Nation's First 'Zero Net Energy' Training Center Under Construction
San Leandro, Calif. — Local 595 is building a new training center, but first it had to build a renewable energy power plant.
Windmills and solar panels surrounding the building produce as much energy as the building will consume. It will be one of only a handful of U.S. Department of Energy-designated 'zero net energy buildings' in the country and one of the first achieved by retrofitting an existing commercial building.
California has enacted stringent energy conservation requirements and renewable energy policies that call for zero net energy commercial buildings by 2030. The new IBEW-NECA training facility — dubbed the Zero Net Energy Center — will showcase the training of technologies that promote energy conservation, as well as renewable energy generation, that will help the state reach its goal.
The new 46,000-square-foot training facility has quickly become a high-profile project for Local 595 and NECA, garnering extensive coverage in California media.