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Name:
Pacific Energy Center
Phone:
415-973-2277
Address:
851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

September 16, 2014

The intention of this three-day workshop is to develop the energy auditing skills of individuals associated with small-and medium-sized (under 500 kW) commercial facilities. We will provide an overview of building technologies with an emphasis on distinguishing older, inefficient equipment from newer efficient systems. In-class exercises and a mock-audit at the end of the last day will allow the attendees to apply what they have learned. Though geared to the non-experts, attendees should have a fundamental understanding of building components and energy concepts.

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Start: September 16, 2014 8:00 am
End: September 18, 2014 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

September 23, 2014

Our objective in this course is to provide the basic vocabulary, technical, and economic details necessary to understand and evaluate grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) projects from a project manager’s and/or owner’s perspective. In this introductory course, Pete Shoemaker, Renewables Program Coordinator for the Pacific Energy Center, will provide an overview of the fundamentals of solar electric systems, technically known as photovoltaics. He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various PV technologies (monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film), including module efficiencies and their implications on the space requirements of a project.

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Date: September 23, 2014 9:00 am
Cost: Free

September 25, 2014

We will provide an overview of the design, specification, and installation aspects of Solar Water Heating systems for both commercial and residential applications. We will present a wide range of systems from simple residential water heating to combined systems that serve multiple heating loads at commercial facilities. We will cover different system types (open-loop, closed-loop, and drainback), focusing on each system’s particular advantages and disadvantages. In addition to an overview of system theory and operation, we will discuss component selection and sizing. The course is intended to provide contractors, architects, and designers with the information necessary to estimate system costs and savings, design and specify systems, and review installation issues that will guarantee proper operation of the system.

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Date: September 25, 2014 9:00 am
Cost: Free

This is a unique opportunity to work with PG&E personnel from our rebates and financing programs. You will work on a “real-life” project based on a baseline retrofit or additional lighting and controls upgrade. After reviewing a lighting layout, you will decide on the proper retrofit strategy by learning to “see” existing building conditions and asking the right questions. You will work with PG&E groups to select fixtures and lamps qualifying for rebates, calculate energy savings and find ways to finance these upgrades. Case studies of new technology implementation and their outcomes will be presented to help with your decision making. This is a fun and informative class for intermediate-level.

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Date: September 25, 2014 9:00 am
Cost: Free

September 30, 2014

This one-day program serves as an overview with hands-on practice to conduct basic water audits at Small to Medium Sized Commercial Facilities. The Program focuses on skill building to assist in identifying water use and water waste, standard data collection using various methods and equipment to evaluate water consumption, water use calculations, and customer reporting. A mock water audit will be conducted within the PEC facility. This training will instruct attendees in basic techniques to perform an interior water audit and will provide basic information and resources in the concepts of exterior and landscape irrigation audits.There will be discussions on water metering, flow and volume measurements, the use of monitoring equipment including sensors and data loggers, current water saving technologies, and dialogue on the benefits of partnering water savings with energy savings. Most water calculations will be performed in Microsoft Excel and other software as made available. We encourage attendees to bring their own laptops to class and to be familiar in using Excel as the collected data will be entered into spreadsheets to calculate water consumption and potential annual water savings. Additional references and course materials will be provided during this class.

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Date: September 30, 2014 8:30 am
Cost: Free

October 1, 2014

Using equipment samples, in-class activities, and other interactive teaching techniques, Ryan Stroupe of the Pacific Energy Center will introduce mechanical system concepts to building professionals that have little or no previous training in this area. The class will start with fundamentals, such as thermal comfort, heat transfer, load calculations, and psychrometrics. He will cover mechanical system components from actuators to zone thermostats, followed by the integration of these parts into heating, cooling, and ventilating systems. Ryan will also discuss low energy strategies, control systems, and code compliance along with information on optimal operation and building commissioning. This class is designed for building owners, architects, facilities personnel, energy consultants, and other building professionals interested in an overview of mechanical system basics.

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Start: October 1, 2014 8:30 am
End: October 2, 2014 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

December 18, 2014

This class will review a new type of lighting that takes into account both energy efficiency and human factors. Topics will include research on light and human health, defining human perception, subjective lighting measures, and the implications of lighting quality for real life applications. We will explore how the advancements in lighting technology and controls are opening new opportunities for (bio) Dynamic Lighting systems that are good for people, save energy, and are a natural fit for Smart Grid fluidity. We will hear from Regulators, Specifiers, Academic Researchers and PG&E Program and Product teams. There will also be demonstrations and student hands-on experience with lighting fixtures and software controls. This is a fun and informative class for both beginners and intermediate levels.

Register online. Registration opens on 10/19/2014

Date: December 18, 2014 9:00 am
Cost: Free