FortZED aims to create a district encompassing Colorado State University (CSU) and much of Old Town that produces as much energy as it uses. FortZED will be the largest of its kind in the world, and is making significant new progress in 2010.
Through a highly competitive grant process, the City and its partners received a $6.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $5 million in local community support. The FortZED “RDSI” project – which stands for Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration—will be testing out a number of technologies this year to reduce peak energy use and integrate renewable energy, such as solar panels, into the district’s electric energy system.
Since 2009, an RDSI project team, led by the City, has been identifying and designing a number of projects in the district to reduce peak energy use on two of the districts electric energy feeders.
Starting in July, you may come across some of these projects as they are installed and tested, from plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at City facilities to shutting off fountains at the Larimer County Justice Center and on the CSU campus during peak demand times for electricity.
In total, more than 20 projects are being installed across five of FortZED’s largest electric end-users for a combined capacity of 5 megawatts. Testing will be conducted throughout the remainder of 2010, with full rollout of the demonstration projects planned for 2011.
To find out more about FortZED, visit www.fortzed.com.