Developing an Advanced Energy Master Plan for the Encanto Neighborhood in San Diego

Proposed location of the advanced energy community in the Encanto Community in Southeastern San Diego.

This project will fund an advanced energy community master plan in the Encanto Neighborhood that can be replicated in California.

Project Overview

Recipient: Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $1,500,000

Co-funded Amount: $520,000

Agreement Number: EPC-15-066

Project Term: 7/26/2016 - 3/30/2018

Project Status: Closed

Recipient Location:  San Diego, CA

Site Location(s):  San Diego, CA

The Issue

Many of the state's low income residents live in older, urban, built-out disadvantaged communities characterized by a range of challenges including: an aged housing stock, densely built residential areas, under-developed commercial areas, depressed socio-economic conditions, and limited public and private investment. These physical and social conditions present a number of barriers for deploying emerging clean energy technology solutions into the community. For example, many of the older homes cannot physically support solar PV panels or other energy upgrades.

Project Innovation

This project developed a prototype plan, called the Encanto Social-Economic Education Development (EnSEED) that attempts to overcome the social, financial and physical barriers to deploying emerging clean energy technology solutions in disadvantaged communities. As part of this project, the project team piloted several digital and in-person outreach strategies to the community, designed to transform an existing disadvantaged community in Southeastern San Diego into a community of near-zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. This project sought close engagement with the local community, and developed a final system design of a community-scale DER deployment as well as an accompanying financing plan. The project also developed a permitting plan that documented the necessary permit processes and required government review and approvals for deploying community-scale DER developments.

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.

Economic Development: This project evaluated approaches to 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: Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $1,500,000

Co-funded Amount: $520,000

Agreement Number: EPC-15-066

Project Term: 7/26/2016 - 3/30/2018

Project Status: Closed

Recipient Location:  San Diego, CA

Site Location(s):  San Diego, CA

Project Team

CEC Project Manager: Diana Gonzalez

Recipient Contact: Srinivas Sukumar

Match Partner(s): Blue Flame Energy Finance

Subcontractor(s): The Regents of the University of California, San Diego; City of San Diego; CSU Fullerton; AECOM; Center for Sustainable Energy; CleanSpark LLC; TTG Environmental & Associates; Research Into Action; Ventura Partners; Turpin & Rattan Engineering, Inc.; Ben Hueso; CITYWORKS PEOPLE + PLACES, INC.; Kelley Sarber; In3 Finance; Revsolar


 

 

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

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