The path to Net Zero begins with a business whose goals are to run more cleanly and cost-effectively. It involves the ability to leave a positive impact on its community and with its resources. But what does "Net Zero" mean? It's a term used to describe a building with zero net energy consumption. Sound impossible? It's not. The right solar system and LED lighting upgrades can make this a reality. A Net Zero building's total energy consumption is generated by roughly the same amount of renewable energy it created significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
The San Diego Food Bank's Path to Net Zero
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank went solar with Baker in 2015 to work towards their LEED certification goals. Sustainability is a clear goal of the Food Bank’s as they strive to obtain Net Zero. On top of installing solar, the Food Bank also undertook related projects including installing energy-efficient lighting and controls. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s solar installation:
- Will save CO2 emissions equivalent of 594,747 pounds of coal.
- Will save them $120,000 annually in energy costs.
- Will help them to distribute 600,000 more meals every year through energy cost savings.
- Could power 125 family homes.
- Will save the equivalent annual greenhouse gas emissions of 1,318,356 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County went solar with Baker to save money on their electric bill and to be more energy-conscious. In order to meet their Net Zero goals, they had Baker not only install their solar, but also install electric vehicle chargers and LED lighting throughout their building. This not only helped them achieve their sustainability goals but also helped them maximize their savings. According to Susan Halliday, the CFO of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, the energy upgrades that were made achievable by the solar they installed through Baker resulted in an average savings of $5,000-$6,000 per month. Every dollar they save is money they can put back into the community here in San Diego and around the world.