Tours set for renewable installations

Thursday, February 21, 2008

On the morning of March 12, the 2008 Renewable Energy Summit includes tours of outstanding renewable energy installations. Registration for the tours in on the Summit Web site. It's not necessary to attend the Summit to register for a tour.

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and The Urban Ecology Center
We are installing a 29kW solar PV system on the MSOE Campus Center Building, roughly an area of 3000 square feet, using ballasted tray mounting racks. MSOE aprpeciates the support from both Wisconsin Focus on Energy and We Energies that make this system possible.

At a huge 44.4 kilowatts, the solar electric panels now covering the roof at the Urban Ecology Center are the largest such solar installation in Wisconsin. The system, originally installed in 2003 by H&H Solar Energy Services of Madison, started out as a 48 module array. With the addition of 208 solar panels, the completed system now consists of 256 Kyocera solar panels mounted directly to the Center's metal standing-seam roof. The Kyocera panels are expected to produce over 55,000 KWH each year.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 9:15 am - 12:00 pm, $30.00

Johnson Controls Inc.
The Brengel Technology Center, built in 2000, is a seven-story, 130,000 square-foot facility that provides office and meeting space for 400 employees and serves as a showcase for Johnson Controls technologies. The Center was first certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system for New Construction (LEED-NC) at the Silver level in 2001, and in 2004 became the first building to be certified to the Gold level under the LEED-EB (Existing Building) rating system. Because energy efficiency and environmental quality are ingrained in the building plan, seeking LEED-EB certification was completed at a modest cost of $27,250 with a payback of less than one year. The Brengel Center is rated in the top 15% of similar buildings in the EPA Energy Star rating system.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 9:15 am - 12:00 pm, $30.00

ECAM Oak Creek
The Center for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM), a $2million, 24,000 square foot applied technology center at the MATC Oak Creek Campus, is designed to answer the competitive challenges of Renewable Energy. ECAM is developing advanced educational programs for equipping and managing the new high-performance green buildings. New technicians are being trained for the installation, maintenance and operation of latest-generation, high-efficiency, digitally controlled heating and cooling systems.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 9:15 am - 12:00 pm, $30.00

Forward Wind Energy Center in Brownsville
Forward Energy is an 80 turbine wind farm located in Brownsville, WI, developed by Invenergy and constructed by Michels Wind Energy. The tour will provide a project overview, safety orientation and visit to wind turbine sites. Tour attendees will gain an appreciation for the complexity of developing and constructing a wind farm and see first hand the components of a wind farm.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 7:45 am - 12:00 pm, $50.00

GE Medical (PV Array)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 8:15 am - 12:00 pm, $50.00

SC Johnson Wingspread
The Johnson Foundation has a long tradition of sponsoring Wingspread conferences that address issues of enviornmental quality and community--helping people live in harmony with their environment. The Precautionary Principle, a landmark statement on environmental risk, was crafted at a Wingspread Conference, as were many of the LEED standards for green buildings. More recently, we sponsored Wingspread conferences that have led to a Presidential Climate Action Plan. We installed 16 15kW solar electric panels in 2007. The electricity genearted by teh array is sold back to WE Energies as part of its Energy for Tomorrow TM renewable energy program. We are also a Green Power Partner in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy for Tomorrow--Sustainable Energy Program. Overall, we purchase 28% of our energy from renewable energy sources. One of our buildings, however, uses 100% renewable energy. At these levels we reduce CO2emissions by 160 tons.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm, $50.00

JohnsonDiversey Distribution Center
When JohnsonDiversey, Inc. broke ground on the warehouse and distribution center in Sturtevant, WI, they created the largest "green" distribution building in the United States. The commitment by JohnsonDiversey to be the nationwide leader in sustainable development were the driving factors behind this project's success and ultimate achievement of LEED Gold Certification.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm, $50.00