Community Collaborative Launches the North Alabama Building Performance Challenge to Save Energy, Money, Create Jobs.

Huntsville, Ala. – Energy Alabama, Energy Huntsville, and Avion Solutions, Inc. announce the formation of the North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge (NABPC) to reduce energy consumption in participating commercial buildings across Huntsville. The NABPC will use a process of energy benchmarking, auditing, and substantive energy-efficiency upgrades of university, hospital, and commercial buildings as a means of freeing up business capital for more productive uses, stimulating growth for communities, fostering new business opportunities, and creating a more sustainable footprint. Initially, over 100 buildings will be participating in the challenge, with broader participation expected over the next few years.

 

“This initiative will provide the local community the ability to realize the benefits of energy efficiency through established energy benchmarks and focused energy improvements with real ROIs. Avion has already realized a 50% improvement with an ROI in the first year!”
Randy Buckner, Director of Research and Development for Avion Solutions, Inc.

The NABPC aims to support the Department of Energy’s goal of helping businesses save nearly $40 billion annually in energy costs, enabling them to grow, invest in new technology, and create American jobs. Financial savings and improved building efficiency are just a few of the benefits to property owners and building operators involved in the effort.

The NAPBC will unite the public sector with the business and nonprofit communities to carry out substantive building upgrades toward the goal of improving participating buildings’ energy performance a minimum of 20 percent by 2020. The effort is already underway with a voluntary benchmarking initiative for Huntsville’s commercial buildings.

About the Energy Alabama

Energy Alabama is accelerating the transition to sustainable, clean energy throughout Alabama. We do this by widely promoting sustainable energy as a feasible, state-wide goal, by executing high-impact clean energy projects across the State, and by providing people with information and opportunities to help make clean energy choices. We work with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, educational institutions, utilities, business and civic leaders and individuals to transform Alabama’s energy marketplace and beyond. ALCSE is committed to powering Huntsville with 100% clean and efficient energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035.

About the Energy Huntsville Initiative

Energy Huntsville is a nonprofit collaboration of more than 100 businesses, federal agencies, universities, and other organizations focused on facilitating the innovation, education, and coordination needed to drive our community’s energy economy.  Energy Huntsville contributes to the diversification of the region’s research and test portfolio, workforce, and economy by linking the engineering, modeling and simulation, testing, and technology strengths of the North Alabama region with key customer requirements and national policy directives for advanced energy systems and applications.

About Avion Solutions, Inc.

Avion is a small business located in Huntsville, Alabama and provides engineering and logistics services to key customers in the federal sector.  Avion is a Sponsoring member of the Energy Huntsville Initiative and has been selected to develop the plan to add the Huntsville community into the DOE Better Buildings Challenge.  Avion is committed to energy efficiency and as an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager participant, has demonstrated a 50% increase in their ENERGY STAR score in the first two years of their energy focused activity.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait by phone at (256) 303-7773 or by email at dtait@alcse.org.

Let’s Talk About Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy

Daniel TaitLet’s Talk About Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy

Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama, was recently interviewed on GASP. Take a moment to check out the interview and be sure to leave a comment or two there letting them know your thoughts.

As temps dip down into the teens this week, many people are looking for ways to simultaneously conserve energy and stay nice and warm. While conservation tips are helpful in the short-term, it’s also important to think about long-term energy efficiency measures we can all take. That way, the next time temps drop, we can enjoy a hot chocolate with our family rather than scramble to adjust ceiling fan rotation and put towels under our doors and windows.

We reached out to Daniel Tait, CEO of the Energy Alabama, for advice on energy efficiency, sustainable energy production, and other topics.

To read the full article and see what Daniel had to say about energy efficiency, please visit http://gaspgroup.org/lets-talk-energy-efficiency-clean-energy/

New Electric Car Charging Station at a Madison Home

We’re excited to bring this service to Madison only a block from the library and great restaurants!

Jeff Baker, a Madison resident, loves his electric car so much that he installed an electric car charging station at his home, and is allowing anyone to use it.

The simple set-up arrives a few months after a conversation with  Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy CEO Daniel Tait, who tells us, “He said, ‘I’m going to be moving into a home here soon and would really like to do something like this.’ So we just kind of kept talking about it and, lo and behold, about a month or two later she’s alive.”

Original article/video can be found on WHNT.com

Fraternity Works to Create Tiny Home Village for Homeless Vets

We’re honored to play a small part in this project!

The men of Phi Kappa Psi have created a Foundations for Tomorrow, a program to help provide Huntsville’s homeless vets with tiny homes. Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy has partnered to provide solar panels for the “tiny home” village, which will include a garden to be maintained by the residents. This is meant to be a step for these vets as they work towards improving their lives.

 

UAH Student Helps Homeless Vets with Tiny Homes

We’re ‘electrifying’ this community!

Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy is providing solar panels to help electrify a new village of tiny homes being created by a UAH student and his fraternity brothers.

They’re called tiny homes, but the idea is anything but tiny. A UAH student and his fraternity are working to raise enough money to help take homeless veterans off the streets and put them into their own homes.

Taylor Reed, Phi Kappa Psi president, has the plans in place, permits in the works, and volunteers to help create a village of the tiny homes. While tiny homes are no more than 300 square feet, their effect on the homeless could be massive.

Read the article at WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL