What you need to know about Berkeley’s new bio-illumination project
BERKELEY — With its green roof and bright, LED-lit signs, Berkeley’s Bio-Illumination is one of a number of new, solar-powered facilities planned for the Berkeley campus.
But the facility itself, the only one of its kind in the United States, is hardly a destination.
“There’s no need to build a bio-energy facility,” says Lisa Zetter, a senior policy analyst for the nonprofit Energy in the Public Interest, which has championed efforts to use bioenergy for green buildings and renewable energy.
“The technology is already available, and the costs are low.
It’s just that there’s not enough of it.
The only way to get it going is to get people interested in it.”
Bio-illustrations can capture sunlight and convert it to heat or light, allowing buildings to stay green for longer.
For the last two years, Berkeley has installed the first of more than a dozen bio-infill facilities around the Bay Area, including two at its main campus.
The projects are aimed at providing more sustainable energy for buildings and creating green space.
The Berkeley Bio-Infill Facility (BIF) is the largest of its type in the world, and it will provide about 1,000 homes and businesses with photovoltaic panels that can produce about 5,000 kilowatts of electricity.
Zetter is one among several experts who say the Berkeley Bio Infill Facility can provide a big boost to the city’s efforts to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
“It’s a very important step in Berkeley,” says Zetter.
We need to do better, and we need to look for alternative sources of energy.” “
We’re not getting anywhere by building our buildings on coal and wood.
We need to do better, and we need to look for alternative sources of energy.”
The Berkeley Bi-Infills Project, which is located on a large hill overlooking the Berkeley Aquatic Center, will be a solar-and-solar hybrid system.
The project, which will run for the next five years, will use an array of photovolcanoes to generate about 20 megawatts of power.
Zette says the project is a model for the future of bioenergy in California.
The city of Berkeley, Zetter says, will “be able to develop a new model for building on bioenergy that is economically feasible and sustainable.”
“It would be a massive step forward if we could get all our buildings to be bio-inspired,” she says.
But Zetter acknowledges that there are still significant technical hurdles to overcome. “
What we need is a system that could be scalable and inexpensive to get started on, so that we can get going.”
But Zetter acknowledges that there are still significant technical hurdles to overcome.
For one, the Berkeley Bi Infill System won’t be cheap.
A solar-based system costs between $200,000 and $300,000.
The Bi-Illuminators system, on the other hand, costs $1 million to build.
“To scale up to this level is going to require an enormous amount of capital,” Zetter admits.
“Even the first BIF cost $2.5 million.
That’s $1 billion to $2 billion for a building that is basically an empty space.”
The project is expected to generate more than $100 million in revenue over the next three years.
In an effort to reduce the environmental impacts of its buildings, the Bi-Ilicans project is also targeting buildings with roof gardens and landscaping.
But Zette cautions that such efforts will not be enough to meet the city of 200,000 residents’ demand for green housing.
“Building a bioinfill system isn’t a sustainable solution for everyone,” she argues.
“I’m concerned that building a bioenergy system in Berkeley won’t solve the citywide demand for low-income housing.
I hope it will help.
But it will not solve the underlying problem.”
The city is also hoping that bio-based energy will make the Berkeley region more sustainable.
According to Zetter’s calculations, the city is projected to save $2 million per year in electricity bills, and to generate $1.2 billion in carbon emissions over the life of the project.
“Bias against bioenergy is a huge issue for us, and there are many factors that contribute to that,” says Berkeley City Manager John Azzopardi.
“One of the big ones is our reliance on our fossil fuels and on fossil fuel use in our buildings.”
The plan to install a Bio-Iliad bio-sustainability program also aims to help make Berkeley a model of green-building sustainability.
The goal is to increase the citys green space by adding green roofs, landscaping and other initiatives, and encouraging residents to use less electricity and use less fossil fuels, Zette points out
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