Norwalk Energy Hub with Vista Energy Center

Four Norwalk Energy Corpsmembers work as a team to install a solar panel atop a street light on the campus of Norwalk State Hospital.

The nonresidential Norwalk Energy Hub and Vista Satellite were established in 2017 in response to the increasing demand for labor focused on energy conservation projects.

The energy program previously focused on Proposition 39 projects, providing a trained labor force to perform industry standard (ASHRAE Level II) energy surveys. Because the cost of lighting is usually the highest cost for a school district, the Energy Corpsmembers focus primarily on lighting retrofits in schools. Work is performed in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. The Energy Region is expanding to include HVAC controls, solar projects, smart power strips, and more.

11401 South Bloomfield Avenue
Norwalk, CA 90650

1120 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA 92081

Life at the Norwalk Energy Hub

Crews at the Norwalk Energy Hub and its satellites mostly work evening shifts. Corpsmembers live at home and report to work at the Norwalk Energy Hub each day. Corpsmembers have class before work, followed by physical training for about 30 minutes. They then report to roll-call and leave to the project site where they work all evening.

A Corpsmember Advisory Board (CAB) meets once a month or when needed during that month to discuss possible volunteer projects, recycling opportunities for CAB, upcoming events and community issues.

Energy Corpsmembers participate in an active volunteer program. Corpsmembers are required to perform a minimum of 48 hours of volunteer service in their year with the California Conservation Corps. Examples of volunteer work include beach clean-ups, assisting local municipalities with special events, and helping a nonprofit organization called GRID Alternatives with solar installations in low-income communities.


A Norwalk Energy Hub crew wears head lamps to light up their work area while retrofitting a classroom’s lighting system.

The Norwalk Energy Hub and Fresno and Vista Satellites mainly work on energy projects, energy surveys, and retrofit projects. Project sponsors include Unified School Districts, Colleges, Judicial Council of California (JCC), and state, county and city agencies.

Like all Corpsmembers in the California Conservation Corps, Energy Corpsmembers are required to respond to emergencies. Energy Crews can respond to any kind of emergency, but are mostly called to fires as Camp Support Crews. If an Energy Crew is dispatched to an emergency, Corpsmembers may only have a few hours to pack up and report for duty, traveling to various regions for up to 16 days at a time.

Education and Training

Norwalk Energy Hub Corpsmembers are trained in Aerial Lift and Scaffolding safety. These Corpsmembers are retrofitting light fixtures at Foltz Courthouse in Los Angeles.

All Corpsmembers at the Norwalk Energy Hub with Fresno and Vista Satellites are required to complete Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education, and Training (COMET) and core training courses.

Specialized trainings and certifications available at the Norwalk Energy Hub and Fresno and Vista Satellites include:

  • Building Envelope
  • Cal-OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training for Construction
  • Electrical Concepts
  • Energy Audits
  • Energy Efficiency Basics & Data Collection for Energy Surveys
  • Energy Efficiency Fundamentals
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Introduction to Wiring and Lighting Retrofits
  • Ladder Safety
  • Lighting Control Installation
  • Lighting I: Lighting Your Way
  • Lockout-Tagout
  • Maintenance Best Practice for Energy Efficient Facilities
  • Power Tools Safety and Operation
  • Safety Stand Down
  • Scissor (Aerial) Lift
  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification

A partnership has been established with Metro State Hospital to offer the following internships to Corpsmembers:

  • Paint Shop Intern
  • Landscape Intern
  • Kitchen Intern
  • Electric Shop Intern