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Jan. 26, 2011

Contact: Thomas Korman

Cal Poly Students Place First in Green Energy Challenge Poster Competition

NECA student Chapter

From left to right: Prof. Lonny Simonian, Conrad Chin, Sean Melcher,
Adam Fischbach, Justin Leckos, Prof. Thomas Korman
Not pictured: Tara Bonifacio, Alex Emerson

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association placed first in the poster competition portion of the NECA Green Energy Challenge, which took place in October.

The NECA Green Energy Challenge invites teams of students studying electrical construction, engineering, design and management to conduct an energy audit of a nearby commercial or institutional facility in need of energy-efficiency improvements. Based on energy audit findings, teams then submit a preliminary design of an energy retrofit for the facility that could include alternative energy sources.

It was the Cal Poly team’s first time participating in the 2010 event. Judges named the Cal Poly team the winner of this year's student design poster competition for their energy audit of Corbett Canyon Vineyards in Arroyo Grande.

The team focused on lighting retrofits, energy use analysis and retrofits, photovoltaic system design, schematic estimate and scheduling, a financing plan, and LEED Existing Building Operation and Maintenance v3.0 analysis.

Students Adam Fischbach, Alex Emerson, Justin Lekos, Conrad Chin, Sean Melcher and Tara Bonifacio comprised the team and were advised by Lonny Simonian and Thomas Korman.

About NECA
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