The NECA National Convention recently played host to the National Green Energy Challenge, where the top three universities went on to compete for the first-place position overall.
San Diego State University’s Aztec Energy Design Build team placed second in the National Green Energy Challenge and won first place for its poster presentation. Iowa State placed first, with Colorado State placing third.
The team, which was comprised of eight members with six presenting, provided the audience with a full PowerPoint presentation of a virtual project that described a green energy retrofit of Kearny High School gymnasium and sounding facilities.
The team’s goal was not only to solve the environmental issues and reduce cost of operations of the project but also to reach out to the student population, in particular a ninth-grade class already studying renewable energy. The college students quickly formed a relationship with the younger students and became mentors in hopes to continue a habit of sustainability with a future generation.
With the advice of SDG&E, the Center for Sustainable Energy and under the direction of local NECA contractors, the students developed a winning project that ranked third nationally, competing against 17 other universities. This placement allowed the team to advance to the final round in the competition.