July 20, 2012
Construction of SMUD’s net-zero energy operations center reaches half-way mark
(SMUD photo by Joe Tapia)
Today marks the halfway point to building the most energy-efficient corporate yard of any U.S. electric utility, SMUD’s East Campus-Operations Center at Bradshaw Road and Kiefer Boulevard. Slated for completion in 2013, the facility is expected to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's top honors – the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.
By incorporating a variety of energy efficiency features to reduce consumption and a large solar array to generate electricity, the campus should produce as much power as it consumes over the course of a year, making it a net-zero energy site. In his remarks today, John DiStasio, general manager and CEO of SMUD, indicated that all new commercial buildings will be required to be net-zero-energy by 2030. This facility will be 17 years ahead of the curve.
The East Campus-Operations Center will include offices, equipment repair shops, maintenance and warehouse buildings, storage space and parking for fleet vehicles and employees. Nearly 700 employees will work from this facility.
With construction lead by Turner Construction, this project brought 300 new jobs to the area. Additional environmental benefits include a potential annual savings of 3.7 million kilowatt hours in electricity – enough to power 413 homes – and a potential reduction of 3.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide.