Our site modifications at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in downtown San Diego are winding down. Property enhancements include a new entrance drive at the Bay Tower, new walkways to the Bay View Lawn and Pavilion function spaces and redesign of the 2,000 square foot terrace outside the Bay Tower Lounge, just steps from San Diego Bay.
Greg Carnegie, CEM, recently joined Reno, as our company’s new Energy Program Manager. A 25 year professional in energy and facility management, Greg strengthens Reno’s depth of expertise and capabilities in its prominent and growing work in the energy efficiency field. Initially, Carnegie will provide energy audits and solutions to the County of San Diego on existing county buildings. Reno ESP (Efficient Sustainable Practices) has a five year contract with the County for this work. Welcome aboard, Greg.
The current issue of US Builders Review features a look at our 20 year history, how our company starting in 1993 “with nothing,” as Matt Reno says, and was built on drive.
Greentechmedia.com reports on a recent study that looks at the impact of basic behavioral changes, (turning off the air conditioning over the weekend for example) on energy usage in commercial buildings. The article goes on to look at which is a primary driver of cost savings; equipment improvements (retrofit) or behavioral shifts. The typical answer unsurprisingly, is both: “There’s an opportunity for both scenarios. You can remotely monitor a building and tell a facilities manager about energy issues. However, in some cases, they can’t act on it without new equipment. The world is moving toward intelligent analytics to help change behavior, but often you need the controls and systems to execute.”
Full article here.
Note: Greg Carnegie recently joined Reno Contracting as the company’s new Energy Program Manager.
Last Thursday I had the honor, along with several of my industry colleagues, to be named an officer of the Associated General Contractors of America San Diego Chapter for 2013.
The installation took place at the AGC Annual Installation Dinner at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and was attended by some 400 AGC members.
Jeff Turner of Flatiron was installed as the 68th President of the AGC San Diego. Jeff succeeds 2012 President Dave Carlin of Soltek Pacific Construction Co. Other AGC officers installed were Senior Vice President Brian Jordan, Helix Electric. Inc., Secretary/Treasurer Jon Cloud, J. Cloud, Inc. and yours truly as Vice President. New members of AGC’s Board were also installed at the dinner. Congratulations to all.
We announced today our installation of a 2.6MW solar photovoltaic project at California State Prison Lancaster, California, for SunEdison, the leading worldwide solar energy services provider. The Lancaster facility is one of five state prisons in Southern California that has added a combined 23MW of solar-generated power in 2012, an initiative undertaken by SunEdison and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). These solar projects should result in $55 million in energy cost savings over the next 20 years, according to the CDCR.
The goal of the California Solar Initiative, now in its sixth year, is to help solar achieve “grid parity” — the much awaited point where solar can compete with less expensive sources of energy such as natural gas. The program reached a key milestone with the recent announcement that more than 1 gigawatt — or 1,000 megawatts — of solar power has been installed through the initiative.
Reno Contracting is proud to be a part of this initiative; contributing 19 of the 1,000 megawatt total with projects like the Edwards Air Force Base, Patton State Hospital and the Irvine Unified School District.
A big thank you to the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors for their nomination of Reno Contracting for the 2012 Good Business Award. To quote famous author Alfred A. Montapert, “All lasting business is built on friendship”. We’re honored and proud to accept this nomination. Winners announced on January 24th at the AGC Annual Installation Dinner.
Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), in concert with Samas Capital, is now offering PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing for Western Riverside County commercial property owners seeking to install renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation measures. Recently, the County of San Diego announced approval of a similar PACE financing program, California First. While it’s early, these announcements could be encouraging news for regional property owners and contractors interested in getting in the energy efficiency game.