Decentralized Energy

"The 'Holy Grail' for Energy is 'Net Zero Energy'
which is
'Way Beyond Solar!'"


"Net Zero Energy to Reach Revenues of $690 Billion / year by 2020
and $1.3 Trillion / year Industry by 2035"
~ Navigant Research

"Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Coming - 
What About The Buildings Already Standing?"
~ Forbes

"Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Next Frontier"
~ Sustainable Business


"The" Net Zero Energy Fund is coming!

Limited opportunities now exist for;

Strategic Partners
Joint Venture Associates
Commercial Building Owners
Real Estate Investment Trusts

"THE" Net Zero Energy Fund Provides:

A Superior financial model to;
Solar Leases
Power Purchase Agreements

and an exclusive marketing strategy that generates high-quality leads.

Discussions started with REIT owning > 100 commercial properties
to provide Net Zero Energy retrofits.

Potential "ideal" clients for a Net Zero Energy Retrofit include, among others;

Agriculture / Food Processing
City centers
Colleges & Universities
Company campuses
Data Centers
District Energy Systems
Food Processing
Government Buildings
Grocery Stores
Manufacturing Plants
Military Bases
Nursing Homes
Office Buildings
Refrigerated Warehouses
Server Farms
Shopping centers
Wastewater Treatment Plants

Retrofit your commercial building, business or property to "Net Zero Energy"
with NO Up-front Expenditure (for qualified clients)

"We are Changing the Way the World Makes and Uses Energy" SM

Austin, Texas

Decentralized Energy

What is "Decentralized Energy"?

Decentralized Energy is the opposite of "centralized energy."  Decentralized Energy, also referred to as "distributed energy," "distributed generation," or "onsite power generation" generates the power and energy that a residential, commercial or industrial customer needs, onsite. 

Examples of decentralized energy production are; natural gas/biomethane or B100 Biodiesel fueled CHP systems as well as;  rooftop PV, solar cogeneration, and solar trigeneration energy systems.

Today's electric utility industry was "born" in the 1930's, when fossil fuel prices were cheap, and the cost of wheeling the electricity via transmission power lines, was also cheap.  "Central" power plants could be located hundreds of miles from the load centers, or cities, where the electricity was needed. These extreme inefficiencies and cheap fossil fuel prices have added a considerable economic and environmental burden to the consumers and the planet.

Centralized energy is found in the form of electric utility companies that generate power from "central power plants."  Central power plants are highly inefficient, averaging only 33% net system efficiency.  This means that the power coming to your home or business - including the line losses and transmission inefficiencies of moving the power - has lost 75% to as much as 80% energy it started with at the "central" power plant.  These losses and inefficiencies translate into significantly increased energy expenses by the residential and commercial consumers.


Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Next Frontier


Net Zero Energy Revenues to Reach $1.3 Trillion by 2035

Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Coming - What About The Buildings Already Standing?


Decentralized Energy

Absorption Chillers CHP Systems  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Solar Cogeneration  *  Trigeneration


What is "Net Zero Energy?"

Net Zero Energy - when applied to a home or commercial building, simply means that they generate as much power and energy as they consume, when measured on an annual basis.

The U.S. Army now has a Net Zero Energy initiative to help reduce/eliminate America's use of foreign oil  - particularly oil from muslim/middle-east countries - which literally saves the lives of our brave boys /soldiers in the military. 

Our Founder was first involved in Net Zero Energy in 2001 - 2002 with consulting engagements and investments in multiple real estate developments, renewable energy technologies, solar cogeneration and solar trigeneration systems, Brad Pitt / Global Green Rebuild New Orleans Competition and the Solar Decathlon competition.

We provide Net Zero Energy and off-the-grid architectural & custom home/commercial buildings anywhere in the USA.








Austin, Texas


Decentralized Energy

CHP Systems  *  Distributed Energy Resources  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Solar Cogeneration  *  Trigeneration



Decentralized Energy

Decentralized Energy is the Best Way to Generate Clean and Green Energy!

How we make and distribute electricity is changing! 

The electric power generation, transmission and distribution system (the electric "grid") is changing and evolving from the electric grid of the 19th and 20th centuries, which was inefficient, highly-polluting, very expensive and “dumb.”  

The "old" way of generating and distributing energy resembles this slide:



Some customers will choose to dis-connect from the grid entirely.  (Electric grid represented by the small light blue circles in the slide below.)

Typical "central" power plants and the electric utility companies that own them will either be shut-down, closed or go out of business due to one or more of the following:  failed business model, inordinate expenses related to central power plants that are inefficient, excessive pollution/emissions, high costs, continued reliance on the use of fossil fuels to generate energy, and the failure to provide efficient, carbon free energy and pollution free power

Carbon free energy and pollution free power reduces our dependence on foreign oil and makes us Energy Independent while reducing and eliminating Greenhouse Gas Emissions.


About us:

The founder of the Renewable Energy Institute (REI) was first involved in Net Zero Energy buildings and Solar Trigeneration sm energy systems in 2001 - 2002.  This started with family-owned real estate developments in Northern and Southern California.  This interest was accelerated when REI's founder was introduced to the President of a solar company in Los Angeles and their client, the Audubon Nature Center at Deb's Park (Los Angeles) that was planning to build a new 5,000 sf office and conference center. Except, the new building for the Audubon Nature Center was about 1/2 mile from the end of the power lines and a very costly extension of the power lines to their new facility forced them to consider a solar solution. When the Audubon Nature Center's new 5,000 sf office and conference center was completed in 2003, the facility not only featured the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - they were awarded one of the first Platinum LEED Awards by the USGBC - and the powerlines were still 1/2 mile away! To this day, 100% of the power and energy for the Audubon Nature Center's building is supplied by the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - whether at 12 noon, or 12 midnite.  (The Audubon's facility also includes a battery energy storage system for back-up power generated by the Rooftop PV panels as well as a thermal energy storage system that stores the excess hot water generated by the evacuated tube collectors).

These early projects led to more client inquiries and engagements with real estate developers, architects and building owners in Southern California, Louisiana and Texas and the advent of a growing Net Zero Energy industry along with Solar Cogeneration sm  & Solar Trigeneration sm energy systems. This culminated in a family-owned 200 (Net Zero Energy) home real estate development in Desert Hot Springs which has been approved but not yet constructed. 

During this time, the REI's Founder became a volunteer and Advisor to the University of Texas' Solar Decathlon Competition. He coordinated the donation of the same solar thermal system used at the Audubon Nature Center's facility in Los Angeles, for UT's entry in the 2002 Solar Decathlon Competition in Washington, D.C.  UT's entry in the Solar Decathlon Competition placed 1st in the domestic hot water competition that year (2002) and 4th overall, out of 20 universities that had entered. 

In 2006, after Hurricane Kattrina devastated New Orleans, the REI was formed and several of the REI's board members and a Professor from the University of Texas School of Architecture formed a design team to enter the Brad Pitt/Global Green Rebuild New Orleans Competition.  Our entry also focused on sustainable building solutions and materials as well as the Net Zero Energy concepts, incorporating once again, a Solar Trigeneration sm energy system. 

Today, the REI "Flagship" has chartered the Renewable Energy Institute in Florida, with discussions to open REI state chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Oregon. 

The REI supports greater use of Net Zero Energy systems by architects, builders, homeowners and owners of commercial buildings. This includes "upgrading" homes and commercial buildings to Net Zero Energy.  The REI provides Net Zero Energy; advertising, business development, conferences, e-commerce, education, marketing, online marketing, public relations, renewable energy, sales and strategic marketing solutions for architects, builders, cities, colleges, HVAC contractors, Net Zero Energy developers, real estate developers and universities.

Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Next Frontier


Net Zero Energy Market to Become $1.3 Trillion/year Industry by 2035

Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Coming - What About The Buildings Already Standing?


Absorption Chillers  *  Battery Energy Storage  *  CHP systems  *  Cogeneration  *  Demand Side Management

Distributed PV  *  Ecogeneration  *  Flywheel Energy Storage  *  Frequency Regulation  *  Fuel Cells

Landfill Gas to Energy  *  Load Leveling  *  Micro-Grid  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Peak Shifting  *  Quadgeneration

Rooftop PV  *  Solar Thermal Systems  *  Trigeneration  *  Waste Heat Recovery


American Energy Plan



The market for Distributed PV, also known as "Rooftop PV"
will be a $60 billion/year market by 2013!







Support Domestic Oil and Gas Production!


“spending hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars every year for oil, much of it from the Middle East, is just about the single stupidest thing that modern society could possibly do.  It’s very difficult to think of anything more idiotic than that.” ~ R. James Woolsey, Jr., former Director of the CIA

Price of Addiction
to Foreign Oil

According to R. James Woolsey, for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, “The basic insight is to realize that global warming, the geopolitics of oil, and warfare in the Persian Gulf are not separate problems — they are aspects of a single problem, the West’s dependence on oil.”  



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