Basset-Avocado Advanced Energy Community

The Energy Coalition

Recipient

Irvine, CA

Recipient Location

37th

Senate District

68th

Assembly District

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$3,128,886

Amount Spent

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Project Status

Project Update

Work on this agreement started in July of 2020. Since the kickoff, the recipient has developed a community outreach plan with its CBO partners in order to define the goals, objectives, and strategies to engage community members to actively take part in the implementation of their advanced energy communities. Currently, the project team is working to leverage Southern California Edison's Charge Ready 2 program which would provide funding for make-ready infrastructure and offer a rebate towards the EV charging equipment for the project. The project team is also finalizing energy system designs and power purchase agreements under the Community Solar Green Tariff program in order to begin constructionin 2021.

The Issue

Disadvantaged communities (DACs) suffer from a combination of economic, health, and environmental burdens and relatively few resources are utilized on retrofits and clean energy developments, despite the fact that these communities are home to low performing buildings and little resources to complete the retrofits. Major technical and structural barriers that DACs face in their transition to a clean energy future include: high levels of renters, limited capital, lack of wide-scale meter-level data, limited space for DER and inadequate business and financing strategies.

Project Innovation

The project will use private sites within the community to generate local, renewable and competitively priced electricity from a smart community solar system. The Bassett Avocado Heights Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) project will include a resiliency microgrid to provide refuge to the community during emergencies and/or blackouts. The BAAEC aims to demonstrate the benefits of advanced energy homes with a prosumer network that includes installation of residential solar photovoltaics, battery storage and heat pump water heaters in single family homes. The prosumer network will feature a blockchain-enabled transactive energy pilot, simulating a scenario where enrolled participants generate, actively manage and sell energy. This approach tests a potential business model for converting passive bill-payers into discerning "prosumers", thereby empowering communities to benefit from their own local generation. Residential batteries will be aggregated and operate as a virtual power plant in partnership with the local utility to demonstrate how important grid services can be provided by DERs.

Project Benefits

A lack of capital to invest in energy solutions is a significant barrier. The BAAEC team has developed a comprehensive design that leverages private capital to develop local integrated renewable energy systems and alternative transportation opportunities. The proposed Smart Community Solar will provide participants, at least 50% of which will be low-income, with risk-free access to 100% renewable and locally produced electricity at a 20% discount over their current electricity rates through a Community Solar Green Tariff program offered by the Clean Power Alliance. The BAAEC will create new community assets that have significant long term value and, once the model is tested and proven, its approach and benefits can be replicated in DACs throughout the state.

Lower Costs

Affordability

This project will produce energy cost savings through community scale solar and battery storage systems and lower electricity rates.

Greater Reliability

Reliability

This project will increase resilience during utility system power outages, natural disasters, weather events, severe heat days and other emergencies. This project will also alleviate local energy grid constraints with locally pro

Key Project Members

Project Member

Craig Perkins

Subrecipients

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Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles

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Day One

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Green Commuter Inc.

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GRID Alternatives

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Sonnen Inc.

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Community Electricity

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Active SGV

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Space AI

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SensorComm Technologies, Inc.

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ACLIMA Inc.

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Green Lots

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Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

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EV Charging Solutions, Inc.

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Federico Karrmann &amp

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Matias Ares

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Energy Web Foundation

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Pivot Energy

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Swell Services Inc.

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Perl Street, Inc.

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Urban Us Capital, LLC

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Goji Labs LLC

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Match Partners

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Zeco Systems, Inc. dba Greenlots

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Green Commuter Inc.

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GRID Alternatives

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Enel X North America, Inc.

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Community Electricity

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Green Convergence

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Space AI

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SensorComm Technologies, Inc.

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