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NREL Workshop at the Solar Decathlon Investigates Net-Zero Master Planning

October 2017

Artist rendering of Peña Station NEXT

Visitors to the Solar Decathlon, being held October 5–15, 2017, have the option of attending a variety of consumer workshops, including one presented by NREL on "The Making of a Smart City," which will provide an overview of the site of the Solar Decathlon event, called Peña Station NEXT.

The site is a 382-acre, mixed-use, transit-oriented development near Denver International Airport (DIA), and it is guided by a net-zero master plan that maximizes renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The workshop will focus on how early integration of land use planning, participation from power utilities, and new modeling techniques may indicate a new business model for highly sustainable urban development.

Matt Futch, business development director at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, is one of the presenters, along with Alice Jackson of Xcel Energy, Mike Hess of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions (the site developer), Scott Morrissey of DIA, and Blake Fulenwider of Fulenwider Enterprises. It will be held from 2–3 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017, in the Wells Fargo Education Tent, where all of the workshops are being held. See the full schedule of Solar Decathlon consumer workshops.