Colvin Engineering believes in sustainable architecture and reduction of energy. One tool is the use of Renewable Power, which supplements the ability of buildings to reduce net energy use. Our Electrical staff recently completed a study on several Salt Lake City facilities and prepared bid documents for solar Photovoltaic on 7 city buildings to help the city with their energy goals. We found that the existing sloped roofs of the fire stations along with their current rate schedules gave the fastest payback and the most reduction of energy and CO2 greenhouse gas. Taking surrounding trees into consideration, as well as a historic district on one fire station, we placed panels on east, south, and west facing roof slopes and have reduced energy consumption substantially, with one building approaching 83% reduction of energy consumption on an annual basis.
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