The Colorado Convention Center (CCC), site of WREF 2012, has been generating solar power since 2008. The 300kW array on the south roof uses 1,310 230-watt SunPower modules feeding three SatCon three-phase inverters. Installed with a nonpenetrating ballasted rack by Namasté Solar, it provides 14 percent of the building’s electricity year-round, and up to 23 percent during air-conditioning season (see the data log here. Another 25 percent of the building’s electric load is carried by wind power.
LEED: In May of 2010, the Colorado Convention Center received the LEED Existing Building Operations and Maintenance certification.
Waste and Water: CCC has an advanced waste-handling process that diverts 48 percent of its refuse from landfill to compost, recycling and donation programs. In Colorado’s high-prairie climate, water use is a critical issue, so the CCC landscaping used native drought-resistance palnts to reduce irrigation load by 75 percent. Water-saving measures are used throughout the complex.
Air Quality and Carbon Offsets: Drivers of delivery and passenger vehicles should note that Denver’s anti-idling ordinance is strictly enforced. Visitors are invited to use the two Bike Share stations (bcycle.com). The CCC sits astride Denver’s light rail line for low-carbon commuting. And attendees may purchase carbon credits on site to offset the carbon footprint of travel to WREF 2012.
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