Solar innovator wins twice by completing EEB Hub survey
Solar technology innovator WATTLots has been named the winner of the DVIRC/NJMEP iPad drawing for companies completing the Energy Efficient Building Hub (EEB Hub) survey at www.eebhub.org/surveys/manufacturers. The iPad can be seen as a second win for the company, with the first being their foresight in putting WATTLots capabilities on the radar screen for EEB Hub-related emerging opportunities in the energy-efficient building sector.
The iPad giveaway was sponsored by DVIRC in partnership with its sister organization, the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), as a way of encouraging small and mid-size manufacturers in the Greater Philadelphia Region to participate in the EEB Hub survey. One winner was drawn at random from among all companies who completed the survey.
According to WATTLots Chief Executive Officer William Kaufman, “We were alerted to the EEB Hub survey by NJMEP, and immediately recognized the Hub’s initiatives as something we needed to be part of. Our vision is to reduce building energy consumption by considering the entire building environment, including generating power from building walls and the associated parking lots. We’re interested in finding opportunities in the Philadelphia Metro area and saw the EEB HUB survey as a good way to introduce ourselves.”
The EEB HUB Initiative
The EEB Hub is a collaborative effort by corporations, universities and public agencies to create and showcase the advantages of integrated energy-efficient technologies and products into the retrofitting of existing commercial buildings of 100,000 square-feet or less. There are a tremendous number of these buildings in the Greater Philadelphia region and throughout the U.S. Many are in need of upgrades, especially in the area of energy efficiency.
The Hub and its initial building energy-efficiency efforts are centered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. There, Building 661 is being transformed into a living laboratory as it undergoes a full-spectrum energy-efficiency retrofit. The goal of the Building 661 retrofit is to integrate products, technologies and systems that achieve at least a 30% reduction in energy consumption when compared to existing products, and/or that have an energy savings payback of 3-5 years. The project will help identify the technologies, tools, methods and policies necessary to create a model of energy independence, operating efficiency and economic sustainability, from design, through construction, commissioning and operation.
The Regional Opportunity
The Hub initiative offers opportunities for regional manufacturers who have products or technologies that can contribute to an energy-efficient building retrofit. A second area of opportunity is for manufacturers who own a commercial building of 100,000 square feet or less and that are planning an energy-efficient retrofit to learn about their options.
According to DVIRC EEB Hub Program Manager Sharon Ross, “Right now, the Hub is trying to identify regional manufacturers and technology innovators who can contribute their knowledge, expertise and insight as the Hub develops its programs, plans and policies.”
DVIRC is working in partnership with NJMEP to connect regional companies with the Hub. “The survey is the first step in getting on the radar,” notes NJMEP Field Agent for Special Projects Joe D’Urso. “We’re working hard to alert regional businesses, and to encourage them to complete the survey as a way of getting in on the ground floor of the Hub’s efforts. The Hub’s work is now in its second year, and initiatives are beginning to come together. We don’t want anyone to miss out on these opportunities.”
Don’t Miss Out!
Don’t miss this opportunity to let the Hub know about your capabilities. The EEB Hub survey is brief, and takes about five minutes to complete online. Just visit www.eebhub.org/surveys/manufacturers. To learn more about the EEB Hub, visit: www.eebhub.org.
Headquartered in Millington, N.J., WATTLots is an innovator of uniquely designed solar energy collection systems. The company sells, designs, manufactures distributes, installs and maintains LITEbeam™ solar collectors and Power Arbor™ systems, a uniquely styled parking lot canopy system that provides substantial quantities of clean, renewable electrical energy near the source of demand. Another company innovation is WATTWalls™, a system that brings solar technology to the exterior walls of commercial buildings, changing previously unused real estate into an energy source.