According to the West Village Community Partnership, LLC (WVCP)’s Energy Initiative Annual Report 2013-2014, the mixed-use West Village currently houses approximately 2,000 occupants in 663 apartment units with 42,500 square feet of ground-level commercial space.
From 2013 to 2014, “4.1 megawatts of photovoltaic panels (PV) at West Village generated nearly 5.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.” About 88 percent of solar kilowatt usage comes from residential structures, while commercial space uses around 7 percent and maintenance buildings approximately 5 percent.
Energy statistics from CIRB (the Construction Industry Research Board) reveal that Yolo County (where UC Davis is located) ranks 20th in the State in permitted solar installations from January 2014 through September of 2015.
The West Village plans on utilizing the PV panels to their full potential and will install additional panels to reach 100 percent ZNE by the completion of the development. High-performance heat pump water heaters also contribute to reduced energy consumption throughout the community.
The next construction phase for the West Village will be energy-efficient single-family home production.
CIRB was not only impressed with the community’s dedication to a 100 percent ZNE goal—the West Village is also a beautiful neighborhood which prides itself on the affordability of its units, so students and faculty can enjoy living in a high-efficiency, high-quality residence without breaking the bank.
To learn more about California energy permit statistics, contact Allison Paul, CIRB Lead Analyst / Media Specialist at CHF-CIRB@mychf.org or (916) 340-3346. For more information on the UC Davis West Village, please refer to http://sustainability.ucdavis.edu/.