Green TV program to feature Johnson Controls


Don Albinger, vice president for Renewable Energy Solutions at Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc., will be featured in a segment for Green Magazine TV, discussing solar and geothermal renewable energy technology.

Green Magazine TV, produced by Worldwide Digital Communications Corp., is a new television series featuring ecology and energy-conscious companies and organizations.

"Between our facilities we are really walking the walk in terms of ensuring we are very energy efficient and managed at the lowest possible cost," Darryll Fortune, director of public relations said. "Being that our headquarters are located in Wisconsin, which isn’t the most ideal location for solar facilities, says that if we can do it here, it can be done anywhere."

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The series will showcase some of the newest and greenest technologies being utilized, and is scheduled to be aired as paid programming on the Discovery Channel.

Albinger explains the use of a two-acre 385-kilowatt solar PV panel system that provides 450,000 kilowatt hours per year of energy, enough to power 50 average Midwest homes. The solar thermal system provides all of the domestic hot water use for more than 1,200 people at work every day and eliminates a large percentage of natural gas use. According to Albinger, the Johnson Control facility is also using geothermal renewable energy where the the company uses a heat pump to push heat into the ground during the summer or pull heat from the ground into the building in the winter. The process saves the company approximately 30 percent when compared to traditional systems, Albinger said.

Most buildings in the United States cost around $5 to $7 per square foot to operate, but the Johnson Controls world headquarters cost is less than $1.60 per square foot.

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According to Fortune, the 45-minute feature will air in early December on CNBC and the Discovery Channel.

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