Come Join the Pacific Station Green Celebration:
The Pacific Station Green Celebration will be held on Wednesday evening September 19, 2012 from 4:30 – 7:30 at Pacific Station in downtown Encinitas. The event will celebrate a number of milestone events in the evolution of sustainability in downtown Encinitas including the LEED Silver certification of Pacific Station, The commissioning of the SDGE Sustainable Communities Solar installation at Pacific Station, Encinitas Whole Foods Market embarking on a zero waste program, progress towards DEMA’s Megawatt Challenge for downtown Encinitas and a number of other sustainable milestones in Encinitas. There will be food, displays and music and a brief ceremony marking these achievements. The public is welcome to join in the celebration.
Pacific Station Achieves LEED Silver Status
Pacific Station, a mixed use development in downtown Encinitas, is proud to announce its award of LEED Silver Designation by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This award is for design and construction of a facility that includes elements for energy and water efficiency, resource efficiency and creating a healthy building to live and work in. John DeWald, developer for the project said “we are excited to finally finish the certification process and unveil our new plaque. Pacific Station is dedicated to being an example of thoughtful and creative development that is sustainable. Pacific Station which was completed last year includes condominiums, retail, office, restaurant and a Whole Foods market over a garage and is located in the heart of downtown Encinitas near the transit center, beaches, retail and restaurants. IT is one of the first mixed use projects to achieve LEED certification in San Diego.
DEMA and Stellar Solar Strive to Generate a Megawatt of Solar Energy Downtown
In 2010 DEMA and Stellar Solar launched the Megawatt Challenge which aimed to install a megawatt of solar energy in Historic Encinitas. At the time there was 150 kilowatts of solar in historic Encinitas or .15 megawatts. Downtown Encinitas merchants who installed a solar system through Stellar Solar were eligible to receive a cash rebate up to $1,500 and up to $500 was donated to DEMA supported projects such as the purchase of bike racks or water-wise landscaping downtown. We are excited to announce that 500 kilowatts we have now reached the half way point towards our goal of 1 megawatt downtown.
Pacific Station’s Key Partner: SDG&E
One of the key partners in Pacific Station’s emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy has been San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Through the utility’s Sustainable Communities Program, SDG&E worked with Pacific Station to install a 109-kilowatt SDG&E-owned solar panel array on the building’s roof that provides clean energy to the local community. At peak production, this solar array generates enough electricity to power 71 homes. The Sustainable Communities Program also requires all participating locations to meet rigorous energy efficiency and sustainability criteria in the facility’s design and construction, which Pacific Station achieved. This mixed-use development is one of 33 Sustainable Communities projects that SDG&E has installed across the region, which provide enough power for more than 2,600 homes at peak production.
“We are exceptionally proud of our partnership with Pacific Station in creating this extraordinary clean energy community and shopping center in Encinitas,” said Pedro Villegas, SDG&E’s director of community relations. “We look forward to continuing to work with Pacific Station and the local community in fostering more clean solar installations and environmentally-friendly building practices that help us preserve the environment while creating a great place for residents to gather and experience a sense of community in Encinitas.”