Wind and Solar Energy Serve Redding School of the Arts

Redding School of the Arts Powered by PV and Wind Energy, Redding, CA


The recently completed School of the Arts in Redding, California immerses its students, grades K-8, in environmentally friendly space. The building and school campus were designed by Trilogy Architecture to achieve a LEED platinum rating. The major contributors to this pending certification are the energy efficient building, sustainable use of outdoor space on the campus, and two renewable energy systems designed by SDA. The project is already gathering national recognition for its environmentally responsible design. This week, the National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) announced that the project will receive an Honor Award—First Place Academic Complex in the category High Performance Building. Trilogy will receive the award at a ceremony in March.

A large roof-mounted PV array and a vertical axis wind turbine mounted at the northwest corner of the school complex will supply the building with renewable electricity. The turbine features a custom flame graphic designed by Trilogy. Both electrical generation systems are connected to the utility grid via net metering, which allows the school to retain credits for the energy it produces but does not use. These systems are demonstration projects for the local electrical utility, Redding Electric Utility (REU), which provided a grant that made them possible.

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Redding School of the Arts Vertical Axis Wind Turbine


Detail of Wind Turbine


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