Guardian Assists Food Coop in Net Zero Project

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Energy Efficiency Company secures grant funding for a Net Zero building design.

Guardian Energy Management Solutions™ partnered with the North Quabbin Community Food Coop to utilize the Massachusetts Pathways to Zero grant and design a Net Zero Energy building. This design will improve energy efficiency while eliminating reliance on traditional energy sources. Additionally, lowered energy costs will translate into lowered food costs for the community.

The end result of this project will be decreased energy consumption, and the ability to use on-site renewable energy resources (such as bio-gas, ethanol, wood pellets and solar power). For energy demanding operations like the North Quabbin Food Coop, the Net Zero design holds lasting value. It also sets an example for similar organizations seeking to take advantage of renewable energy options, while minimizing energy use.

Maia Benavente, Energy Efficiency Engineer at Guardian Energy, reflects on her work with North Quabbin Community Food Coop, stating:

“All companies can benefit from energy efficiency upgrades if not a complete Net Zero Energy design. The first step is to contact us and investigate grant opportunities together. From there we can eliminate energy inefficiencies by updating building technology, and finally focus on helping you to use your own renewable energy sources on site.”

The project grant was awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in an effort to support and increase the number of energy efficiency projects within the state. State Representative Susannah Whips Lee reiterated the importance of utilizing energy efficiency grants in the face of rising electric costs in a recent interview, stating, "This is an instance where government can make a small investment in a local business...while allowing that business to manage itself without undue interference."

It is Guardian’s aim to reduce undue interference by improving operations and building energy efficiency with projects like Net Zero energy design. For more information on how your building can become more energy efficient or achieve Net Zero energy consumption, contact Nicole at Nicole(at)guardian-energy(dot)com or 508-630-8479.

Additional information on Guardian Energy as well as the official town press release is available at http://www.guardian-energy.com. Information about Net Zero is available through the MA Department of Energy Resources, at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/energy-efficiency/zero-net-energy-bldgs/

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