- Renewable Energy,
- HVAC Systems,
As the largest electronic manufacturing services factory in Silicon Valley, Sonic Manufacturing, had a mission to reduce their carbon footprint. The owner of the building was also motivated to reduce the building’s carbon emissions as well as renew Sonic’s lease and increase the property’s value.
By reducing their total usage through reducing the lighting and cooling loads we were able to create a baseline of energy usage that could be fully offset by rooftop and solar carports. We then reviewed several designs with the owner and Sonic’s financial team to determine the optimum size and layout to fit in the limited space to find one that met everyone’s needs. According to the Living Futures Institute, this will be the first retrofitted NZE manufacturing building in the country.
- Rooftop+Carport Solar
The rooftop and carport systems were installed in phases in order to get Sonic grandfathered into the utilities time of use structure which was being closed off to large commercial customers.
- LED Lighting
Retrofitting the existing high bay and office lighting saved over $50,000 in electricity and reduced cooling costs as well as improved working conditions for those on the factory floor.
- HVAC Upgrades
Three of the rooftop HVAC units had surpassed their useful life and were putting strain on the other eleven units. Replacing them improved comfort levels for all and extended the useful life of the remaining units.