Richmond Advanced Energy Community Project

Zero Net Energy Alliance will develop and facilitate adoption of ZNE Reach Codes, a ZNE Ordiance, and an enhanced Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) model.

Project Overview

Recipient: Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Alliance

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $1,480,111

Co-funded Amount: $2,590,134

Agreement Number: EPC-15-076

Project Term: 6/13/2016 - 3/30/2018

Project Status: Closed

Recipient Location:  Davis, CA

Site Location(s):  Richmond, CA

The Issue

Due largely to limitations and challenges in design, financing, available professional expertise, and scale-up strategies, zero net energy (ZNE) communities have not yet been developed at a large scale, or applied to infill development. The majority of ZNE buildings have been deployed in more affluent areas that can afford the initially steep ZNE learning curve and higher-cost early-stage technologies. Streamlining the regulatory and financing aspects of ZNE deployment can lead to significant increases in similar developments throughout California.

Project Innovation

This project provided technical assistance to the City of Richmond in the design and adoption of a comprehensive integrated policy and planning program, and a financing framework to facilitate adoption of advanced energy technologies needed to transform the City of Richmond into a ZNE Community. As part of this project, the project team identified unique challenges to disadvantaged communities and worked with local stakeholders, including the City of Richmond, to identify and implement specific strategies to overcome those challenges. These strategies will be piloted at the conclusion of this agreement as part of a redevelopment effort to convert 20 abandoned homes into affordable ZNE homes available for working families via the First-time Home Buyers' Program.

Project Benefits

Senate Bill 350 (2015) sets a 50 percent renewable energy standard and a goal of doubling energy efficiency savings by 2030. Local governments can play a critical role in achieving the goal by helping facilitate community-scale deployment of Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) such as energy efficiency, onsite renewables, demand response, and electric vehicles. This project will pilot innovative planning, permitting, and financing approaches and tools to help improve the business case for IDER adoption at the community-scale.

Lower Costs: Streamlined planning and permitting, as well as new financial models will lower the time and capital costs associated with AEC developments. This will make AECs more affordable for both developers and consumers.

Increase Safety: Increased safety will be achieved by: identification of hazards and ventilation defects during energy assessments conducted as a result of adoption of the Building Energy Saving Ordinance, (BESO).

Economic Development: This project will pilot new approaches that increase the financial attractiveness of community-scale IDER projects, which could lead to increased investment in the community.

Consumer Appeal: Greater deployment of AECs will increase consumer familiarity and comfort with ZNE homes and communities, increasing the likelihood of consumers choosing to live in an AEC.




Project Overview

Recipient: Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Alliance

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $1,480,111

Co-funded Amount: $2,590,134

Agreement Number: EPC-15-076

Project Term: 6/13/2016 - 3/30/2018

Project Status: Closed

Recipient Location:  Davis, CA

Site Location(s):  Richmond, CA

Project Team

CEC Project Manager: Diana Gonzalez

Recipient Contact: Richard Schorske

Match Partner(s): Energy Solutions; City of Richmond; Olivine, Inc.; Richmond Community Foundation

Subcontractor(s): Energy Solutions; All Business Machines, Inc. (ABMI); City of Richmond; Olivine, Inc.; Marin Clean Energy; Sustainable Endowments Institute ; Sharon Tobar; Richmond Community Foundation; Stacey Hobart; Laura Manz; Dyett & Bhatia


 

 

For questions or additional information, please email RandDProjectinfo@energy.ca.gov

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