Living Zenith is Utah’s first net zero community setting an unprecedented standard for energy efficiency in the state. With smart tech and strategic design, these green homes generate as much energy as they use in one year. Caterpillar solar photovoltaic systems, provided by Wheeler Power Systems, a division of Wheeler Machinery Co., power these homes. The systems are designed with capacity to export surplus electricity to the local power grid and optional energy storage systems which will allow the homes to draw upon solar power even when sunlight is not available.
“Wheeler Power Systems is thrilled to be a part of this innovative, cutting edge project,” said Jonathan Campbell, Vice President of Sales and Rentals at Wheeler. “This development is a shining example of what can be achieved when economic development is balanced with environmental stewardship. We look forward to future projects that, like this one, exceed the expectations of our customers while contributing to the sustainability of Utah.”
Constructed by Redfish Builders, each Living Zenith unit is made with high thermal barriers, an air tight exterior, efficient appliances, triple-paned windows, LED lighting and low-flow water fixtures and toilets.
Living Zenith is the outcome of a multifaceted collaboration among the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Salt Lake City’s Sustainability Department, Wheeler Power Systems, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., Utah Clean Energy, University of Utah and other innovators committed to improving Utah’s air quality.
“The Living Zenith project is a further demonstration of Utah’s leadership on energy innovation, delivering solutions to advance energy efficiency, address air quality, and meet the demands of our growing population,” said Dr. Laura Nelson, the Governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development. “We’re proud to promote Governor Gary R. Herbert’s collaborative spirit across industry to continue to elevate Utah’s high quality of life.”
— Solar Builder magazine