Every winter semester, we take part in Electri’s Green Energy Challenge, a competition intended to provide students with real life design experience and foster awareness of sustainable design and NECA/CECA in the community. We work with a building in the community to create a building energy retrofit proposal. The proposal includes a lighting retrofit and solar PV system, as well as other retrofits tailored to the building’s needs. If you want to read our past proposals, click here.
Students can learn a lot about sustainable design, building science, project management, solar PV system design, and more. We pride ourselves on having opportunities for everyone, and no prior knowledge or specific program is necessary to join the GEC. All students who join the team will get design experience, not just the executive team. There are also many leadership opportunities for students, as team leads or on the executive team. If we do well in the competition, we also travel to the NECA conference to present our proposal. In 2019, our team traveled to Las Vegas, where we took second place!
To get a better sense about the work that goes into the GEC, check out the GEC 2020 page where you can find everything from blog posts to lesson plans regarding our participation in the 2020 GEC!
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