The Bay Area’s Newest Eco-Grid
by Santos Alferez (Intern)
In 1974, the US Navy left behind their naval base, and hundreds of acres of vacant land that required environmental cleanup and much needed attention. Although the remediation process is intricate, the concept behind recycling and re-purposing our former industrial sites is simple– take what is considered unusable land and remediate it into renewable, environmentally-conscious, usable space for people. Remediation is a form of environmentally conscious development as it transforms brownfields back to habitable standards. Along with Baylands proposal, a similar form is happening nearby at Candlestick Point. An urban development in San Francisco is underway in a former US Navy Yard that would bring forth sources of renewable energy into modernity and beyond.
The SF Shipyard, spearheaded by FivePoint Holdings LLC, is a 400-acre waterfront development that aims to introduce into practice new methods of sustainability to create a vibrant new community in the city. To achieve their vision of environmentally safe and efficient resource community FivePoint Holdings is collaborating with onsite and microgrid company GI Energy and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), all working to succeed key components to the waterfront area. Culminating efforts would result in ‘The SF Shipyard ‘Eco-Grid’ – the name behind their modern, green conscious, energy infrastructure that would sustain the 400-acre development into six million square feet of mixed-use and residential space.
The goal of ‘The Eco-Grid’ is minimizing impact on the environment by installing multiple infrastructures and components that would directly reduce energy consumption by installing nonpolluting renewable energy sources GI Energy and SFPUC input in the project is necessary as they bring innovation to completing FivePoint Holdings’ goals by:
• Integrating aspects of photovoltaics, energy storage and management techniques to create renewable electricity
• Aiming to reduce consumption while maximizing reuse of water resources
• Utilizing technology to create a cut in HVAC energy consumption by 68 percent.
Utilizing these goals from the onset of planning, they showcase that components shown above are economically viable and ultimately save time and cost by implementing resources right into the infrastructure. FivePoint Holdings has been working with firms that would each focus on one aspect of ‘The Eco-Grid’ for streamlined research and implementation.
It will be interesting to see how the future is brought to the former US Naval Yard, given that renewable energy implementation is a key towards future communities in urbanity, and we look forward to exploring and utilizing similar innovations for the sustainable Brisbane Baylands neighborhood.
Visit their press release for more info: www.gienergy.com/blog
Remediation info: brisbanebaylands.com/event/blog