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NECA student chapter at SDSU going to Energy Challenge final round

The San Diego chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association announced Monday that its partner student chapter at San Diego State University has advanced as one of three finalists in the 2014 Green Energy Challenge.

SDSU has been home to a NECA student chapter since 2011, and has since annually competed in the Green Energy Challenge competitions against other universities from around the country. Under the moniker, Aztec Energy Design-Build, NECA SDSU's will represent its university and NECA San Diego Sept. 27 in Chicago against the other finalists, Colorado State University and Iowa State University. The chapter's selection as a finalist was decided by ELECTRI International, which runs the annual student competition challenging student teams to theoretically retrofit infrastructure around their cities to be more energy sustainable.

The competition has included construction management and engineering students who actively participate in their university’s student NECA chapter. The task for this year was for student teams to conduct a detailed analysis and provide recommendations for a student-use facility. Teams were required to conduct an energy audit of the building's power and lighting systems, and design and propose a retrofit for each.

NECA SDSU selected a project on the campus of Kearny High School, but went a step further than required by engaging a class of ninth-grade students from the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design program. SDSU did not qualify for the finals in the 2013 challenge.

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