San Diego is already known as being extremely green-forward, from the high number of electric and hybrid vehicles being driven, to the abundance of solar panels that sit atop roofs. Now, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has opened the Energy Innovation Center. It’s a place where residential and business customers can go to learn about everything from energy-efficient home strategies, to alternative fuel sources and green transportation.
The center was constructed on the site of an existing building and designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level offered for buildings. To meet those rigorous standards, 85 percent of the building’s materials were reused or recycled. Solar panels were installed on the roof which helps lower the building’s energy costs by as much as 34 percent. The roof also has a rain water collection system that stores water for landscaping uses.
Perhaps the best part about the building isn’t any of its numerous energy saving features, but the fact that the whole purpose of the building is to help others understand and learn about energy saving in their community. The Energy Innovation Center offers seminars on a wide range of topics, from how to recycling in your home or business, to showing which kitchen appliances require less energy.