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2015 Green Energy Challenge
As of June 30, 2016

The 2015 Green Energy Challenge focused on the development of a back-up power system and resiliency plan for an existing facility with demonstrated critical power needs. Teams were challenged to conduct an energy assessment of a building/facility either on their campus or in their community.

The technical analysis included: (1) energy benchmarking and critical load analysis, (2) efficiency upgrades that may reduce critical load demand, (3) the introduction of a back-up power supply/micro grid solution for part or all of the facility.

Three finalist teams were invited to the NECA National Convention in San Francisco, California in October 2015, to present their proposals to the Green Energy Challenge Jury: 

  • Penn State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology

2015 Green Energy Winners

Iowa State University won top prize for the second year in a row at the seventh annual Green Energy Challenge Competition, sponsored by ELECTRI International and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Team member, Britta Sortland was chosen by the ELECTRI Jury as Best Presenter. 

The IIT team came in second, and Penn State placed third.

Download the Finalist Presentations here:

Iowa State University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Penn State University

Download the Finalist Proposals here:

Iowa State University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Penn State University


2015 Judges

ELECTRI would like to thank all 2015 Green Energy Challenge Judges for their support:

  • Angie Hart, Rosendin Electric, Inc.
  • Gerard Darville, Lutron Electronics
  • Eduardo Mariscal-Hay, PhD, Consultant
  • Sonja Rheaume, Christenson Electric Inc.
  • Kristian Reyes, Graybar
  • Adam Rude, ERMCO Electrical and Systems Contractor
  • Brad Weir, Kelso-Burnett Co

For additional information and all communications regarding the GEC program, contact Deborah Halpern, Director of Operations for ELECTRI International, at dhalpern@electri.org or 301-215-4539.