Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency Technology Solutions for California (BEETS for California)

Innovative energy efficiency bundles at a local government building.

Willdan Energy Solutions

Recipient

Anaheim, CA

Recipient Location

37th

Senate District

68th

Assembly District

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$3,985,111

Amount Spent

closed

Completed

Project Status

Project Result

The project continues to progress as expected. The Recipient worked with site owners to meet their procurement requirements and the chiller, cooling tower, and lab space retrofits have been completed. Work is ongoing to complete the DC backup infrastructure and plug load controls. Measurement and verification is ongoing and preliminary data shows the project will exceed the expected 20% site savings. Data analysis and lessons learned are ongoing and a draft final report is expected in late 2020.

The Issue

Much of California's existing buildings stock is old and inefficient. An estimated 50% of the state's existing buildings were built before California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards went into effect in 1978. Commercial facilities consume 37% of the state's electricity, more than any other sector. Yet there remains significant energy reduction potential for this sector. Adoption of comprehensive energy efficiency packages has been limited. Market barriers such as lack of stakeholder knowledge, fear of early adoption, and the high cost of emerging technologies means significant energy savings opportunities remain.

Project Innovation

This project demonstrates three innovative bundles of pre-commercial technologies. The technology bundles were strategically developed through a systems-level approach to address the most energy-intensive areas in commercial buildings. These include: (1) Chilled Water Plants: Optimized all-variable-speed chilled-water (CHW) plants utilizing alternative refrigerant chillers. (2) Office and Exterior Space LED fixtures with integrated advanced controls, advanced building management system (BMS), and plug load controls controllable for demand response (DR), and lastly (3) Advanced laboratory ventilation, fume hood exhaust, and direct current (DC) lighting systems.

Project Benefits

The demonstration project offers an innovative approach applicable to a range of commercial buildings. This strategy will accelerate adoption of energy savings technologies, contributing to reaching the state's energy efficiency and GHG reduction goals. By demonstrating this comprehensive approach in a real-world application this research has the potential to lead to further scale up and adoption of similar technology packages in other government and commercial buildings.

Lower Costs

Affordability

Energy savings achieved through implementation of these technologies could generate cost savings for building owners and operators. It is projected that these technologies will save an estimated 20% of building energy consumption. Future adopters will benefit from lower costs associated with economies of scale as production increases.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

In addition to GHG emission (CO2) reductions associated with the energy savings of the project, the project includes chillers that utilize low global warming potential (GWP) alternative refrigerant that contain no stratospheric ozone depletion compounds. These refrigerants are in alignment with the Montreal Protocol Kigali Agreement to phase out high GWP refrigerants. It also supports the California Air Resources Board target to reduce short lived climate pollutants.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Gwen Strickland

Subrecipients

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ASWB Engineering

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Aris Wind

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EMCOR

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Goss Engineering, Inc.

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Match Partners

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Trane U.S., Inc.

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ASWB Engineering

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Willdan Energy Solutions

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Aris Wind

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