Northridge--The Student Recreation Center (SRC) will receive a rebate check of $226,225.80 from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for its use of solar tubes and solar PV (photovoltaic) panels on the rooftop. The check will be presented at the University Student Union, Inc. (USU) Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, April 15 at 12:45 p.m. in the Grand Salon.
The LADWP Solar Incentive Program offers customer’s incentive rebates for purchasing and installing solar panels. The SRC applied for the program in 2010 and was inspected in 2011.
“This rebate exhibits the dedication to designing and constructing the SRC with a focus on sustainability,” said Jimmy Francis, director of the Student Recreation Center. “The strategic approach to the energy and utility management of the SRC is a credit to all those who were involved in the project.”
The SRC’s purpose is to promote health and wellness, along with being an environmentally friendly building. The usage of solar tubes or solar PV assists with this mission. The company Solatube creates the Solatube Daylighting Systems for housing and commercial use. As the sun moves across the sky, the Solatube picks up natural light from the sun and diffuses the light back into the facility, which helps to light the mezzanine level of the SRC during the day time. The solar PV panels use the light from the sun to convert into clean electricity.
“Seeking any way to reduce the negative environmental footprint of your facility is the responsible route to take in this new era of facility development,” said Francis. “This is especially true in an era where we are more conscious of sustainable building practices.”
In October 2012 the SRC received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold status certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building program, which provides building owners and operators with a frame work for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building components. In continuing these green initiatives, the SRC opened an artificial turf field made of silica sand and recycled rubber tires, which creates a surface that is strong, but soft and prevents abrasion. The SRC field opened officially on March 19.