Net Zero Manufacturing

Mynt has completed phases I and II of a three-phase project to drive this IT manufacturing facility building to net zero energy. We have begun engineering on the parking lot solar structures which will provide the remaining 1/3 of its power and complete this project (Phase III) in Q4 2017. In addition to the rooftop and carport solar (Phase II), Mynt has installed new LED lighting, new HVAC equipment, and window film. According to the Living Futures Institute, this will be the first retrofitted NZE manufacturing building in the country. When completed, this 1.02 megawatt system will generate more than 1.6 million kWh of clean power per year and over $8 Million in avoided utility costs, over the next 25 years.

Pitco Foods

Installation Date: February 2017 Building Size: 42,000 sq. ft. Existing Equipment: Metal halide 400-watt lighting Upgrades: Replaced high bay lighting with LED and added occupancy sensors Results: 118,456 annual kWh savings $21,381 first year savings Challenge: Due to insufficient lighting produced by the antiquated 400-watt metal halide units, the storage warehouse had been dubbed by employees as ‘The Dungeon’.  Executives were becoming increasingly aware that the dark, dreary working conditions were leading to unproductive and uninspired workers.  With a major inventory audit approaching, management needed to quickly develop a project that not only brightened up the space but also made sound financial sense. Solution: By combining LED lighting with occupancy sensing technologies, Mynt Systems was able to provide the warehouse 60% more light with 79% lower energy costs.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is a nine-story hotel located in Burlingame, California. The close proximity to the San Francisco Airport and events held in the beautiful atrium located at the center of the property created a need for sound attenuation. Acoustical panels were installed on the atrium side in addition to a secondary glazing unit on 785 guest rooms. This window reduces the sound levels in the guest rooms by 15 decibels, resulting in improved guest comfort levels. The hotel is now able to host more events in the atrium space.

Happy Valley Elementary

Happy Valley Elementary is located in Santa Cruz, California. Happy Valley was looking for a customized approach to designing a project that utilized their Proposition 39 funding. As a single school district, they have limited resources for project planning and management. Mynt Systems was selected to be their energy planning manager. After a year of planning and revising their plan to meet their needs, we were able to design a plan that included new LED light fixtures and lighting controls in every room and a 12.4 kW ground mounted solar system. New lighting in the classrooms was a priority for the superintendent, both because of the increased light quality for the students and the maintenance savings. The lighting control system now provides dimming capabilities as well as vacancy sensors that ensure lights are not left on when the space is unoccupied. A tankless water heater, programmable thermostats, plug load controls, exterior LED lighting and a high efficiency refrigerator provide additional energy and maintenance savings. The annual carbon emissions reductions are equivalent to the following: 5.6 fewer cars on the roads 63,565 fewer miles driven per car 3,004 gallons of gas consumed 9.6 tons of waste in landfills 28,676 pounds of coal burned

St. Michaels Catholic Church

St. Michaels Catholic Church in Boulder Creek, CA was looking to increase the amount of light in the church while saving energy. They were also inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and human ecology to install solar on the rooftop of the church. Mynt Systems worked with the Romero Institute and the Diocese of Monterey to create a finance package to provide the church with the lighting and solar upgrades for a single monthly payment that will be less than their monthly savings. LED lamps replaced all incandescent and CFL lamps and a 5.2 kW solar system was installed to offset 99% of their annual energy usage. The annual carbon emissions reductions are equivalent to the following: 2.7 fewer cars on the roads 30,439 fewer miles driven per car 1,429 gallons of gas consumed 4 tons of waste in landfills 13,553 pounds of coal burned

Gilroy Prep, Gilroy CA

Gilroy Prep is a charter school located in Gilroy, CA. The school wanted to utilize their Proposition 39 allocation, but was not happy with the solutions that were being provided by the district's consultant. Their main concern was they wanted an HVAC controls solutions that could be managed remotely so the facilities management could handle both Gilroy Prep and their sister school in Hollister. After completing a facility audit and interviews with the facilities team we decided the Pelican Wireless thermostats and the Lutron Energi TriPak lighting controls systems would be the best value for them. In order to maximize the available rebates Mynt Systems completed all 257 fixtures in the five days the school was closed for spring break. Pelican Wireless thermostats were installed in each classroom and office and five new high efficiency heat pumps replaced end of life equipment. Low-e window film was also applied to the south and west facing windows to reduce heat gain. The project was entirely funded with Proposition 39 funds and utility rebates. Rebates received: $44,693 Annual savings: $13,419

Visa Headquarters, Foster City CA

Visa is a global payments technology company whose USA headquarters are located in Foster City, CA. They are committed to reducing their environmental impact while also increasing efficiencies and lowering costs. Data centers and office buildings energy usage comprise approximately 75% of our greenhouse gas emissions.  Issue: The light fixtures in the parking garage had reached their useful life and needed replacing. Although the existing fixtures were LED, they were almost 10 years old and significantly less efficient than what is currently available. Challenges: The current LED and HID fixtures in the garage and entrances were not efficient and were having to be replaced frequently. To ensure compliance with the new California Title 24 building code the new fixtures also needed to have motion sensors to automatically dim when the space is unoccupied. The standard warranty for LED fixtures is five years, but because of previous failures in the garage, Visa wanted a longer warranty term. Solution: Mynt Systems designed a lighting plan that reduced Visa’s energy consumption by 72% in the garage. By selecting only the most efficient products available and using integrated motion sensors we were able to increase the light output in the garage by 15% when occupied and reduce it by 40% when unoccupied. LED retrofit lamps were used in entrances and hallways reducing energy usage by 50%-80%.

Romig Engineers, San Carlos CA

Installation Date: May 2016 Building Size: 12,440 Existing Equipment: T8 Fluorescent Lighting with Parabolic Lenses Upgrades: Recessed LED Troffers with Integrated Lighting Controls Challenge: All three floors of the facility had recessed fixtures with parabolic lenses. The directional characteristics of LED lamps don’t work well with parabolic lenses so a fixture retrofit was more suitable. Solution: To cover the additional cost of new fixtures the utility’s tiered rebate structure was maximized. High lumen output fixtures were combined with dimming modules and integrated vacancy sensors to obtain both maximum rebates and savings. Results: 16% annual kWh savings $3,369 estimated first year savings $23,673 in utility rebates Download Case Study  

Viridian Lofts, San Diego CA

IMG_0479Interwest Capital Corporation is a real estate investment firm specializing in mortgage and real estate acquisitions. It primarily acquires, develops, and rehabilitates, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, and mixed-use properties. Interwest Capital was looking to reduce their energy bills for the Viridian Lofts parking facility in downtown San Diego which operates 24/7 year-round. The T8 fluorescent lighting in the garage was not efficient and required regular maintenance due to the high hours of operation. Interwest Capital wanted to reduce energy while enhancing the safety and security of the garage occupants. By selecting LED fixtures with integrated and tunable motion sensors we were able to decrease energy consumption by 70%. Mynt Systems facilitated all aspects of securing a rebate for over 20% of the project cost and a 36 month interest free loan from San Diego Gas & Electric to finance the project balance. Impact: 70% energy usage in garage kWh saved: 142,293 per year Lbs of CO2: 216,313 Download Case Study

What is Energy Efficiency?

What is energy efficiency? Energy is a big subject. Where do we get it? How do we use it? How should we plan for the future use of it and what are the environmental and political implications of these choices? It’s too big of a subject for most people to consider from all aspects and total overwhelming for most people who are running or managing a business. We’ve determined that there is one question that affects everyone, how do we incentivize people to use energy more efficiently? We may not all agree that global warming is happening, only 63% of Americans do, according to a recent study by Yale University, but we all agree that saving money is a good thing. Why is energy efficiency important? There is one commonality for all businesses, they want to reduce costs. Energy efficiency upgrades can pay for themselves in as little as one year, although some larger measures may take up to ten. The savings realized after the initial investment is repaid is then cash savings. I always look at reducing budgeted in expenses in relationship to expected net income. If you can reduce your operating expenses by $1,000 per month and you have an expected net income of 10% then that’s equivalent to generating an additional $10,000 a month in sales. Although saving money is a universally loved concept, it doesn’t usually compare to the “hidden” value of energy efficiency measures. These hidden or experiential benefits are often a larger financial benefit to property and business owners. For some projects this is sound attenuation, some light quality, others want inhabitant comfort. People smarter than me are working on formulas that attempt to quantify these ancillary benefits. How do we use our ene