NEWPORT NEWS—Solar energy, a clean energy source, accounts for 2.3 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. Now Ferguson is included in that percentage and doing their part to reduce emissions and evolve toward a more sustainable future.
Ferguson purchased and installed a solar array for their Perris, California Distribution Center. This rooftop system will be the first instance of owned renewable energy on their distribution network and is expected to offset 1,305 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. This reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to removing approximately 282 passenger vehicles from the road for one year.
According to the National Clean Energy Week’s website, as America rebuilds, clean energy technologies and clean energy jobs will be critical to getting the U.S. economy back on track and ready for an emissions-free future. National Clean Energy Week—which takes place September 20–25— is a celebration of the policies, industries, and innovations that power American’s daily lives while producing no or very little greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the very real technological and political challenges, a clean energy future is within reach, and America is ready to lead the way.
Closer to home, Ferguson continues their commitment to protecting the environment by creating a new, energy-efficient headquarters building (HQ3) overlooking the fountains at City Center.
In fact, the building was recently recognized as the Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) Green Globes Project runner-up. The eight-story office building earned a Three Green Globes rating for the building last December, achieving 73 percent of applicable Energy points. A predicted energy use intensity reduction of 70 percent compared to the baseline was achieved to improve energy performance through:
- Early energy modeling
- Building orientation
- Exterior glass with low solar heat gain coefficient
- An energy recovery ventilator
- A thermal storage system
Green Globes® is a comprehensive, science-based building rating system that supports a wide range of new construction and existing building project types. A Three Green Globes rating demonstrates leadership in applying best practices regarding energy, water, and environmental efficiency.
For more information on Clean Energy Week, visit the National Clean Energy Week website.