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CCG Facility Management
CCC is currently investing in several infrastructure improvements to gain knowledge and build expertise in managing the carbon footprint of our facility. Our building in Issaquah is in the process of the following upgrades and installations:
Electric Vehicle Charging
Our facility has 2 Blink Wall Mount chargers which are classified as a Level 2 (240 volt AC input) charging stations. Each Blink Wall Mount smart charger is equipped with intelligent and cost-saving features, enabling you to charge your EV quickly and easily. The CCG EV chargers are open to the public 24x7. Currently there is no fee to charge your EV and parking is free while charging. For more information on the Blink Wall Mount chargers go to http://www.blinknetwork.com/chargers-residential.html. To find our location or the nearest Blink Charging station near you see https://www.blinknetwork.com/locator.html.
Energy production at our facility is provided by 40 Sanyo model HIT 220A solar panels which produce 220 Watts each. The solar panels are matched with 40 Enphase model M210 which convert the DC electric into AC electricity which can be consumed in our facility or fed back into the Puget Sound Energy grid. The Micro inverters avoid an intrinsic weakness of central-inverter systems, which is that shade on a single module can impact the productivity of all the other modules wired in series with the shaded module. Solar production is monitored with a web enabled device which reports solar production to the Enphase Energy website. The solar production data is captured and stored in a database.
All five of our heating/cooling zones have been updated with a web-enabled thermostat providing data and user control outside the facility. The thermostat's API interface allows for execution of immediate user actions through web-enabled devices. System automation provides for fine tuning energy consumption based on predefined business rules such as the presence or absence of individuals in a given heating/cooling zone. Data is captured for trend analysis.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has installed metering equipment to produce pulses that can be translated into real-time energy consumption. We are among the first organizations in the PSE service area to attempt this type of real-time energy monitoring. Additionally, CCG installed a Brayden 9320 Series Demand Monitor to log our total power consumption (see http://www.brayden.com/monitors.html.).
Monitoring Real-Time Energy Usage
Using monitoring equipment on selected circuits in our facility, we are able to track and record energy consumption in real-time. We installed monitoring equipment from The Energy Detective (TED) http://www.theenergrydetective.com and eGauge http://www.egauge.net. The TED equipment is utilized to capture data from the circuits supplying power to the 2 Blink Charging stations. Data for the EV charging is stored for future data analysis. The eGauge equipment monitors the circuits that provide power to our computer server room. Additionally, the eGauge equipment monitors our solar energy production.
A solar powered Davis weather station (Wireless Vantage Pro 2™) has been installed. Weather information includes temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind direction and wind speed, solar radiation and barometric pressure. This weather data is stored in a database for analytical reporting. The current weather information collected from our facility can be viewed at http://www.weatherlink.com/user/ccgws.