IBEW Local 103

Dorchester, Massachusetts

2002

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local 103 campus is located on Boston’s inner harbor and enjoys good wind resources.

The IBEW wanted the power their regional Joint Apprenticeship Training Center with both solar and wind-generated electricity. SDA was retained to provide design and engineering services for a commercial-scale wind turbine and a facade-mounted solar electric array. SDA also provided procurement assistance, code and utility liaison, community outreach, construction oversight and commissioning.

Both systems displace utility power at the retail rate while serving as real-time teaching tools for the IBEW training program providing apprentices and journeymen direct hands-on experience with renewable energy systems. The IBEW has committed to training programs that emphasize renewable energy so every electrician has a background

in these new technologies as they enter the field. SDA has helped the IBEW to field solar on their facilities across the US, including their international headquarters in Washington, D.C., but this is the first facility to be powered by both wind and solar energy.