Municipal Day at the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO October 3-6 and 10-13 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Orange County Great Park Fee Event – Parking is $5
For two long weekends in October, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will be held at the Orange County Great Park.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams from across the nation and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. During the two weekends in October, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Solar Village and houses.
The XPO is a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition, featuring visionary and innovative companies, products and educational opportunities.
Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will offer children and adults the opportunity to learn about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency. The XPO will also offer a special themed day for municipal and county employees, called Municipal Day. Below is detailed information and a list of speaking panels.
Friday, October 4 Municipal Day
The City of Irvine, working through several municipal and governmental agencies, invites municipalities and counties throughout California to attend this special day, which will feature programming geared toward energy-efficient technology and how municipalities and counties can access this technology.
This day is also open to the public and is an excellent opportunity for residents to learn about energy-efficient best practices and initiatives of local governments.
Important Reminder: Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. to ensure you have plenty of time to get to the first speaking panel, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Powerful Ideas Symposium.
Location #1 – Powerful Ideas Symposium
11-11:45 a.m. Energy Efficiency Best Practices Presented by the City of Irvine
This panel will include representatives from various municipalities, who will discuss best practices and initiatives related to energy-efficient municipal portfolios, lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling systems; utility programs and energy demand response. The discussion will also address return on investment and long-term savings.
12-12:45 p.m. Funding for Energy Efficient Projects Presented by the City of Irvine
This presentation will review funding mechanisms, rebates and incentives for municipal and county energy efficiency projects. This includes a discussion on utility rebates and incentives, utility on bill financing, private financing and examples of municipal projects that resulted from financing.
1-1:45 p.m. Energy Efficient Assessment, Audits and Tracking Presented by the City of Irvine
This presentation will address the basic principles of energy efficiency assessments, audits and tracking and will include a discussion on best practices and benefits. Examples of municipal energy efficiency assessments, audits and tracking will be provided.
2-2:45 p.m. Working Together to Bring Energy Efficiency to Low-Income Communities Presented by the California Department of Community Services and Development
Panel discussion: Low-income communities that are often the last to benefit from clean energy. California is working to address this inequity through collaboration and leveraging, designing programs that bring renewable energy to underserved communities.
3-3:45 p.m. The Home of the Future: DOE Challenge Home Presented by U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office
Housing Innovation winners discuss their respective DOE Challenge Homes, which represent the rigorous requirements for energy savings, comfort, health and durability.
4-4:45 p.m. How Smart Cities Can Solve the Energy Dilemma Presented by Schneider Electric
This presentation will focus on how the world’s cities can become sustainable for large populations through clean and renewable energy.
Location #2 – Hangar 244
12-12:45 p.m. Overview of CAL Green Code Presented by Build It Green
This presentation will review the new 2013 California Green Building code, which will take effect January 1, 2014.
1-1:45 p.m. Green Fleet Operations for Municipalities Presented by the City of Irvine
This discussion will review what a green fleet is and various types of alternative fuel vehicles, including CNG, Biofuel and electric. Examples and best practices of green fleets will be provided, including recycled used oil, inflating tires, decentralizing maintenance, diversified fuel types and more.
2-2:45 p.m. Renewable Energy for Cities and Counties
This presentation will provide an overview of renewable energy installations at municipal and county locations. Examples of solar installations for roofs and car ports will be provided, in addition to tracking systems. Benefits, costs, lessons learned and financing mechanisms will also be reviewed.
3-3:45 p.m. Solar Policies on the Local and Statewide Levels Presented by Cal SEIA
This panel will discuss state and local solar policies and identify potential areas for solar market growth.
Don’t Miss the Solar Village Tours!
11:30 a.m.-Noon 4-4:30 p.m.
A guide will provide Municipal Day attendees with a tour of the Solar Village at two times; once in the morning and once in the afternoon. This special tour will provide attendees information about the competition and each student house.
Please remember to exit Jeffrey Road and enter on Trabuco. GPS does not work for the Great Park, please click here to download directions.