ProspectSV, San Mateo County Community College District and Geli Win $3M Award from California Energy Commission for “Internet of Energy” Project


Program will develop, demonstrate and promulgate best-practices for advanced PV, storage and energy management

San Mateo, CA – Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV), through its Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) program, San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD), Growing Energy Labs, Inc. (Geli) has been awarded a $2,999,601 grant with a leading solar company from the California Energy Commission for an energy storage demonstration project called “Internet of Energy” at SMCCCD’s College of San Mateo (CSM) campus. The CSM Internet of Energy (#IoEn) Project will deploy and demonstrate an advanced solar array and storage system that improves grid stability and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

ProspectSV’s BACC program will provide overall management of the project and will develop and promulgate solar-storage best-practices.

“The state’s aggressive clean energy goals require significant advances in storage and energy management technologies, and the CSM Internet of Energy system will be a truly next-generation distributed energy platform,” said ProspectSV Executive Director Doug Davenport. “We’re excited to bring this project forward with our partners, and take a major step together towards a cleaner and more resilient grid.”

The CSM Internet of Energy Project will demonstrate a novel system of solar and storage with advanced energy and demand management to reduce grid variability and increase renewable energy yields. The CSM campus grid provides a unique opportunity to study and evaluate the networked energy system as there are currently many energy efficiency projects to connect with. The system is projected to save CSM $150,000 or more annually.

“We are thrilled to host this advanced energy system at College of San Mateo. It will not only lower our energy costs and further advance our vision of becoming net zero, it will provide a learning lab for training our workforce on leading edge technology,” said College District Chancellor Ron Galatolo.

The distributed generation, distributed storage, and distributed loads will be optimized and coordinated by Geli for increased solar generation and increased value to the College and grid. The Geli system will also include integration with building management controls. Potential for market services will also be assessed utilizing Geli OpenADR 2.0 and interfaces with scheduling coordinators.

“Geli is further enhancing the Geli EOS platform with demand response features,” said Ryan Wartena, co-founder and CEO of Geli. “When combined with the existing Geli EOS features, this enables the next generation of multi-asset networked, addressable and dispatchable community grid control services.”

The project is slated to begin in this summer. Following design and testing, the advanced system will deployed at College of San Mateo in late-2016.

About Prospect Silicon Valley
Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) is non-profit commercialization catalyst assisting emerging technology companies with a pathway to market, bringing high-impact solutions forward in the Bay Area. ProspectSV provides a full spectrum of commercialization support to startup companies, including rich partnerships, connections to investors, pilot opportunities as well as access to a $12 million, 23,000 sq. ft. Technology Demonstration Center with working space and resources, lab facilities and specialized equipment. Through its Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) program, ProspectSV accelerates deployment of leading edge technology solutions. BACC programs have committed nearly 150 million lbs. CO2 avoided over the next 10 years through its market oriented initiatives. BACC initiatives include facilitating the two largest all-battery EV fleet deployments in the US, 85,000 LED street lights conversions and developing innovative programs such as Energize Schools. Anchor partners include the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, major clean energy industry partners and local governments representing more than 70 percent of the Bay Area population. See and for more information.

About the San Mateo County Community College District
The San Mateo County Community College District operates three Colleges in San Mateo County – College of San Mateo, Canada College and Skyline College – serving more than 40,000 students annually. Located between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, the Colleges offer the first two years of instruction in a wide variety of transfer programs as well as more than 90 vocational-technical programs. Students can earn either Associate in Arts or Science degrees or receive Certificates of Proficiency in their chosen fields. College of San Mateo is one of the oldest Colleges in the California Community College system, having served residents of the County for 94 years.

About GELI
Geli, short for Growing Energy Labs, Inc., provides software and business solutions to design, integrate, network, and economically operate energy storage and microgrid systems. At its core, the Geli EOS (Energy Operating System) is a software platform that brings together energy storage, distributed generation, EV charging, and building controls as part of the Internet of Energy. Geli has projects deployed and in development in C&I demand management, commercial and military microgrids, municipal solar & EV charging, and multi-family buildings. Geli is headquartered in San Francisco, California. You can find Geli on the web at and Tweeting at @growingenergy.


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