Buildings

Commercial building systems are going to Net Zero Energy through a diverse set of technologies and management platforms. We partner with leading designers and building owners to drive scalable applications in retail, mixed-use and other small commercial building systems.

This four-year, $3.6M project funded by the California Energy Commission will target one of the “final frontiers” in California’s goal towards a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) future: grocery stores. The project will design and retrofit an existing Whole Foods Market in San Francisco, CA into the world’s first zero net energy (ZNE) grocery store. As part of the project we will be targeting new products and technologies to bring into our design with the goal to “design for scale.” Project partners include Whole Foods Market, Arup, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the City of San Francisco Department of Environment.

Additional detail on MarketZero available here.

This four-year $3.8M effort funded by the California Energy Commission will convert the William Penn Hotel (a historic, mixed-use building with low-income housing) into a showcase of innovative Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building design. The site includes a theater, offices and housing for ninety-one, low-income residents — including many formerly homeless and at-risk adults. The project is seeking innovative solutions and products to address a high-density urban housing environment in a high performance building. Project partners include Chinatown Community Development Center, RMW Architects, Integral Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the San Francisco 2030 District.

Additional details on InnovateNetZero available here.

The Small and Medium Building (SMB) Efficiency Toolkit and Community Demonstration program is a $2M CEC-funded program that will create a free, web-based toolkit to identify optimal energy saving retrofits and operational improvements for SMBs – helping small businesses better understand the choices available to reduce their energy bills based on their building characteristics, climate zone, and energy use patterns.

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This toolkit will provide a building evaluation that assesses how facilities within a building affect overall energy use. It will also allow building managers to compare energy use to other bench-marked buildings in similar climate conditions to identify optimal energy-saving opportunities.

The tookit team has begun to collect energy usage information to provide essential data for the toolkit. Partnerships with cities will be leveraged to demonstrate the toolkit in some of the Bay Area’s medium-sized municipal office buildings.

Partners

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Bay Area Climate Collaborative
  • City of Berkeley
  • City of Fremont
  • City of Oakland
  • City of San Francisco
  • City of San Jose
  • City of Santa Clara
  • C3

Impact

Broad adoption of the tool in the Bay Area could yield:

  • $5.3 million in energy cost savings
  • 38.2 GWh electricity savings
  • 0.4 M therms of natural gas savings
  • 36.7 million lbs of CO2e reduction

Energy

The boom in solar, storage and smart grid technology is giving rise to small-scale, distributed energy systems that work alongside conventional infrastructure. We are working with cutting edge firms to demonstrate a new wave of microgrid and demand management approaches.

This $2.5M CEC-funded vehicle-grid integration project led by Berkeley Lab will develop and demonstrate a scalable managed charging which enables lower operating costs and new revenues for fleet and personal plug-in vehicles (PEV). Nearly 50 fleet PEVs will be provided for this project by Alameda County – including 18 ProspectSV-facilitated vehicles – and drivers of privately owned vehicles. This project will establish solutions that can be deployed in commercial, workplace and home charging across California for valuable grid services and will further improve the individual and commercial business case for electric vehicle adoption. ProspectSV will be responsible for developing and promulgating best-practices for this project.

The College of San Mateo Internet of Energy Project is a CEC-funded demonstration of the next generation solar PV + storage + power electronics as an “Internet of Energy” system – the next generation of networked multi-asset, addressable and dispatchable community grid control services. Led by Prospect Silicon Valley, the project will include advanced PV Storage and Growing Energy Labs’ (GELI) Energy Operating System. The system will demonstrate significantly improved renewable yield, demand charge management and improved grid stability to enable greater distributed renewable penetration. The $5.3 million project includes nearly $3 million from the CEC plus partner match and will include system development, deployment and best-practices promulgation over 3 years. Learn more.

Local governments can save millions of dollars, reduce emissions and create jobs by moving to advanced lighting technology. The Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative provides leading-edge education, resources and guidance to local governments to accelerate the move to solid-state lighting (LED). The overarching goal is to catalyze the conversion of 200,000 streetlights in the Bay Area and deliver $50 million in cost savings and 100,000 metric tons of CO2 avoidance over 5 years.

Objectives

  • Upgrade 200,000+ streetlights
  • 100,000 tons GHG reduced over 5 years
  • $10 million annual savings
  • Job Creation

Partners: PG&E, Siemens, American Electric Lighting, Bridgelux, Cooper Lighting, Sensity, Leotek

Tools and Resources for local governments interested in converting to LED streetlights including:

Proposition 39 aims to reduce operating costs of schools by funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Energize Schools is a holistic energy efficiency, conservation, and energy education program for K-12 schools. The goal is to make it easy for schools to benefit from energy efficiency and solar upgrades.

Energize Schools is a partnership of mission-driven non-profits, agencies and philanthropic partners aimed at supporting schools so they can achieve their best outcomes. Implementation activities are headed up by Strategic Energy Innovations, The Bay Area Climate Collaborative, PECI and Ecology Action.

The partnership supports school districts in maximizing the benefits of Proposition 39, a statewide 5-year, $2.5 billion investment in school energy efficiency and renewable energy, and provides support beyond the reach of those resources.

For more information, please visit EnergizeSchools.org.

Sponsors and Partners

  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • US EPA
  • EcologyAction
  • Strategic Energy Innovations
  • PECI
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