Lancaster Choice Energy Now Offering Energy Efficiency Program for Small Businesses

Small Commercial Direct Install Program Offers Free Energy Efficiency Assessment, Equipment Upgrades, and Installation for Qualifying Businesses

Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is now offering Lancaster businesses free, simple ways to save on electricity costs through its new Small Commercial Direct Install Program. The program provides free energy efficiency assessments and upgrades to qualifying small business customers, helping them use less electricity and reduce their energy bill, while also decreasing carbon emissions and furthering the City’s Zero Net Energy initiatives.

LCE has contracted with skilled energy efficiency expert, FESS Energy Solutions, for the cost-saving Direct Install Program. After a business has reached out to LCE, FESS Energy Solutions will contact the business owners to schedule a visit to evaluate the energy efficiency of their facility – and suggest improvements. If the business owner agrees with the recommendations, FESS will coordinate with them to schedule a convenient time for the installation of new energy-efficient equipment. Equipment upgrades could range from LED, Fluorescent, and High-bay lighting to occupancy sensors, refrigeration strip curtains, and door closers – all designed to help local businesses become more eco-friendly, while saving on their electricity bill. Not only is the evaluation, equipment, and installation free, but businesses can also stay open during installation. Participating businesses must be located in Lancaster and be LCE customers.

LCE also offers the Energy Advisor Program for Lancaster residents who are LCE customers. This program evaluates the energy efficiency of residential homes through a short survey via phone with LCE’s Energy Advisors. The survey results in a free Energy Audit Report highlighting ways to use less energy. The personalized report lists free and low-cost ways to cut back energy usage (such as weatherization and efficiency upgrades) as well as provides information regarding available energy efficiency programs and rebates.

Both energy efficiency programs are funded by nearly $1.2 million from SCE’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio budget. Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in April 2018, the programs will be offered for LCE customers until funds are exhausted.

LCE is offering the Direct Install program to qualifying small businesses with a peak electricity demand of 200kW or less per month. For more information, or to participate in either of LCE’s energy efficiency programs, call 661-723-6084.

 

Solano County Joins MCE in Community Choice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 5, 2019 

Press Contact:

Kalicia Pivirotto| Marketing Manager

(415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org

 

Solano County Joins MCE in Community Choice

Electricity Customers in County’s Unincorporated Areas to Gain Renewable Energy Options in 2020

 

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On February 19, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Solano County’s membership within MCE’s Joint Powers Authority, setting the stage for MCE to become the primary electricity provider for Allendale, Dixon Ridge, Elmira, Green Valley, and the rest of unincorporated Solano County in 2020. Solano joins Marin, Napa and Contra Costa counties, as well as the City of Benicia, in pioneering California’s first and longest-serving community choice aggregation (CCA) program.

“Partnering with MCE gives residents in unincorporated Solano County a choice they didn’t have previously,” explained Solano County Supervisor and former Board Chair John M. Vasquez. “Green energy is the way of the future and it’s exciting to have an alternative energy provider that not only allows residents to be part of the clean energy revolution, but helps address the goals of Solano County’s Climate Action Plan and the State’s aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.”

Robust public discourse and community outreach were central to Solano County’s decision to join MCE. In early August 2018, over 7,300 Solano residents and businesses were notified by mail about the CCA option being considered. On August 20, 2018, the County Administrator’s Office (CAO) hosted a public workshop on CCA and invited MCE staff members to address questions from the community on a wide range of energy-related topics. Public comments at the workshop were decidedly supportive and on September 25, 2018, the Supervisors unanimously voted to join MCE.

“Truly one of the best aspects of this program is it gives you a choice,” emphasized County Supervisor and current Board Chair, Erin Hannigan.

A central part of MCE’s mission is to expand meaningful energy options to diverse communities. In 2014, Solano County was identified by The Atlantic as the fifth most racially diverse county in the United States. Moreover, with 80 percent of the County’s land dedicated to agriculture and open space, its membership substantially broadens MCE’s rural demographics. Thanks to the comprehensive, long-term planning by MCE’s staff and Board of Directors, MCE is well positioned to address the specific needs of rural customers. For example, MCE’s multi-year Energy Efficiency Business Plan includes more than $8 million for agricultural programs through 2025.

“MCE is honored to welcome Solano County into our service area and to help bring the benefits of clean energy to its local communities,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Our shared goal is to empower electricity customers to invest in a more sustainable future.”

MCE has proudly served the City of Benicia since 2015, also part of Solano County. Service to unincorporated Solano County is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020. MCE has also opened a new community inclusion period through June 30, 2019, for additional Solano cities that may consider joining this year to receive service in 2021. This includes Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, and Vallejo.

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About MCE: MCE is California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, a not-for-profit, public agency that began service in 2010 with the goals of providing cleaner power at stable rates to its customers, reducing greenhouse emissions, and investing in targeted energy programs that support communities’ energy needs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting ~1,000 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to approximately 470,000 customer accounts and more than 1 million residents and businesses in 34 member communities across 4 Bay Area counties: Napa, Marin, Contra Costa and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Seeks “Citizen Sourcing” For Customer Programs

CONTACT: Nancy Stephenson
PHONE: (707) 269-1700 x352
EMAIL: CitizenSourcing@redwoodenergy.org

February 4, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

CITIZEN SOURCING FOR CUSTOMER PROGRAMS

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Seeks Ideas from the Public

EUREKA, CA: The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) invites the public to participate in “Citizen Sourcing” to help identify new and/or expanded energy-related programs or projects that will provide a direct benefit to Humboldt County’s Community Choice Energy Program ratepayers. Concepts should align with RCEA’s program development priorities of 1) energy efficiency, conservation, and electrification; 2) electric vehicles and charging infrastructure; and 3) distributed solar power and energy storage systems.

Anyone with a compatible idea or vision is welcome to respond, prior experience with energy planning is not required. RCEA hopes to see a wide range of concepts, from neighborhood innovations to county-wide solutions.

“The objective of starting with a ‘Citizen Sourcing’ process as a first step in the development of new customer programs is to open it up so that anyone in the community can participate in generating new ideas,” said RCEA Executive Director Matthew Marshall. “By providing a framework for what is basically a community-wide brainstorming session, we are hoping to get a variety of creative ideas that we can then evaluate and refine into energy programs or projects that support RCEA’s sustainable energy goals.”

Responses are due March 14th.  RCEA’s Community Advisory Committee will work with RCEA staff to evaluate the responses and make recommendations to the RCEA Board of Directors on which ideas should be further developed and potentially funded.

Details, instructions, and a response template can be found at www.redwoodenergy.org. Call (707) 269-1700 ext: 352 or email citizensourcing@redwoodenergy.org with questions.

To learn more about the process, workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and Thursday, February 21 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at RCEA’s office in Old Town, Eureka – 633 3rd St..

ABOUT RCEA:

Established in 2003, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government joint powers agency whose members include the County of Humboldt, the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad, and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. RCEA implements a variety of energy-related programs and projects of behalf of Humboldt County ratepayers, including the Community Choice Energy (CCE) program which provides local control over procuring and developing power on behalf of participating customers while PG&E continues to deliver the electricity, maintain the power lines and electrical grid, and handle customer billing.

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Peninsula Clean Energy Grant Program Funds Outreach to Low-Income Residents

REDWOOD CITY, CA – January 23, 2019 – A Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) community grant program for local non-profits has enhanced outreach to low-income residents to help them save money on their energy bills. Acterra, El Concilio de San Mateo County, Pacifica Resource Center, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, and Sound of Hope Radio used their grants to help residents understand their PG&E bills and enroll in programs to reduce energy costs. Their efforts reached up to 100,000 residents throughout San Mateo County in English, Spanish, Chinese, Samoan, or Tongan.

“I’m pleased that Peninsula Clean Energy is committed to helping members of our community save money,” stated Assemblymember Marc Berman, who represents part of San Mateo County. “By bolstering educational outreach, I’m hopeful that more residents will achieve greater energy efficiency and cost savings.”

“Partnering with Peninsula Clean Energy in this communications effort allowed us to increase our efforts to educate residents about energy savings and efficiency programs for which they may be eligible,” said Anita Rees of the Pacifica Resource Center, a provider of comprehensive social services on the northern San Mateo County coast. “Residents enrolled in these programs can save hundreds of dollars a year on their bills.”

The nonprofits also reassured residents that they continued to be eligible for utility discount programs as Peninsula Clean Energy customers. Peninsula Clean Energy is the official electricity supplier to San Mateo County’s 290,000 resident and business customers, providing cleaner energy at lower rates. The five organizations utilized their Peninsula Clean Energy grants to contact residents through community events, social media, radio, case management, and direct mail. Another round of outreach grants for local organizations is planned for 2019.

Read more here: https://www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/peninsula-clean-energy-grant-program-funds-outreach-to-low-income-residents/

SV Clean Energy Expands Plan to Help Communities Fight Climate Change

New ‘Decarbonization Roadmap’ takes aim at emissions from transportation, buildings

Highlights:

  • Programs identified in SVCE’s new Decarbonization Roadmap focus on transportation and building electrification, power supply, customer engagement and innovation.
  • Board approved $6.02 million in funding for programs over a two-year period.
  • Building on GHG reductions of 21% since 2015 baseline, goal is to achieve a 30% reduction by 2021, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

Sunnyvale, Calif. – The Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Board of Directors adopted a Decarbonization Roadmap at its December 13 meeting that provides detailed initiatives to help local communities, businesses and individuals further reduce carbon emissions.

SVCE was formed as a Community Choice Energy agency in March 2016 to serve 12 municipalities and Santa Clara County with clean power. Since that time, the public agency has delivered on its promise to supply carbon-free electricity at competitive rates. Clean electricity from SVCE’s carbon-free sources has contributed to a dramatic 21% reduction in area-wide carbon emissions from 2015 levels. The new roadmap sets ambitious goals to further reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions from 2015 baseline levels to 30% by 2021, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

Programs Roadmap CoverThe roadmap presents ten specific strategies to achieve deep decarbonization and meet the goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030. The strategies are focused on procuring and maintaining a sustainable, affordable and carbon-free power supply, electrifying buildings and transportation, promoting energy efficiency and successful grid integration, customer engagement and innovation.

“We have seen amazing results towards reaching our carbon reduction goals so far, but now we are going to start taking things to the next level,” said Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “While we maintain the important functions of our day-to-day business as a player in California’s energy market, we are also ready to take on the great challenge of helping our communities cut emissions from other sectors and bend the carbon curve.”

In addition to providing clean power, SVCE was founded by local governments to also reinvest in the community through local programs. Programs focused on all-electric building and design incentives, installing more electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as retrofits from gas to high-efficiency electric water heaters will provide jobs for area electricians, plumbers and others.

“There is a lot of work to do to in the years to come to achieve the goals we have set, but we listened closely to our community, industry experts and regional stakeholders, and believe this plan is achievable, and more importantly, scalable for other regions,” said Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey, SVCE Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation. “The year-long customer and community engagement process to inform this plan provided us with some very encouraging results as there was a consensus among diverse groups that the steps we are taking are necessary to decarbonize and get us on a path to achieving California’s ambitious carbon reduction goals.”

“Through the Customer Program Advisory Group, the Silicon Valley Clean Energy board gave selected representatives of residential customers from our communities an opportunity to develop our contribution to the goals and elements of the decarbonization roadmap,” said Peter Evans, Chair of the Customer Program Advisory Group. “The committee implemented its own ideation process over the past year and we’re pleased to see our themes of customer empowerment, cost savings, GHG reduction, and demand and supply alignment in the roadmap.”

The roadmap also leverages Silicon Valley’s robust cleantech startup ecosystem with an innovation platform to establish pilot opportunities. SVCE will engage with key strategic partners to prototype novel program ideas and help support innovation and new technologies that further accelerate decarbonization.

Residential and business customers interested in becoming early adopters for the first set of programs, and companies interested in learning more about the innovation platform are encouraged to sign up for updates.

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Read more here: https://www.svcleanenergy.org/news/decarb-roadmap-approved/

Cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay to Join Monterey Bay Community Power

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 5, 2018

Contact Shelly Whitworth

Telephone O: 831-641-7206 C: 831-229-0277

Email swhitworth@mbcommunitypower.org

Today, the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) Policy Board unanimously approved the inclusion of the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay as new  members to the list of municipalities served by MBCP, one of California’s most innovative and fastest growing Community Choice Energy (CCE) agencies. By adding approximately 29,000 new  customers, MBCP will grow its customer base to over 300,000 customers served  exclusively with carbon-free energy or an additional reduction of 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions*.

“We are very excited to be joining Monterey Bay Community Power,” exclaimed San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon. “Our City is working toward one of the most aggressive climate change targets in the  country. By joining MBCP, we are able to achieve our 2020 Climate Action Plan target and  have a strong foundation to work toward longer term target of carbon neutrality, all while having access to new programs and stimulating our local economy.”

Today, 19 different CCEs, also known as CCAs (Community Choice Aggregators)  are serving eight million customers across California, helping to lead the way towards  achieving California’s ambitious climate goals. CCAs are also providing cities and counties with  more local control over their electricity needs and less dependence on investor-owned utilities  like PG&E to generate electricity.

“The City of Morro Bay is excited to join Monterey Bay Community Power, a proven Community Choice  Energy program, to bring affordable, greener and cleaner energy to our community,” stated Mayor of  Morro Bay, Jamie Irons.

Community Choice Energy has long been a key strategy for both San Luis Obispo  and Morro Bay to meet their climate goals. San Luis Obispo passed a resolution back  in 2015 to explore Community Choice Energy and most recently, San Luis Obispo became the  first city in California to set a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. After  careful consideration, both cities concluded that joining Monterey Bay Community Power  is the fastest and most effective way to bring additional community benefits to the Central Coast. Last month, city councils of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay both voted unanimously in favor of joining MBCP.

“The CCA community continues to grow at a remarkable rate, driven by communities that vare committed to customer choice, reducing carbon emissions and embracing renewable energy resources,” explains MBCP.

CEO, Tom Habashi. “Here on the central coast, this new partnership with the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay affirms our region’s long-standing commitments to environmental stewardship and economic stimulation. Our team is really excited to bring these cities into the fold and we hope more communities in our region and across California follow in their footsteps.”

The tentative date for MBCP’s newest member agencies to be operating under an amended Joint Powers Authority agreement is January 2020. After today’s vote, the motion moves the implementation plan to the California Public Utilities Commission for certification.

With the inclusion of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, MBCP continues to excel in providing tangible benefits to the Central Coast through carbon-free electricity, customer rebates and energy programs.

Read more here: 12-5-18_SAN_LUIS_OBISPO_MORRO_BAY_JOIN_MBCP

MCE receives state’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

Ten California organizations will receive the state’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), in a ceremony Wednesday evening at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

“This year’s GEELA honorees are examples of how innovation, determination and vision can address some of our most significant environmental challenges,” said CalEPA Secretary Matthew Rodriquez. “From fighting climate change to reducing waste, their successful efforts are proving that environmentally sustainable practices can grow and support a healthy economy.”

Established in 1993, the Governors’ awards are given to individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions to conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.

This year’s GEELA awards will be presented at a ceremony tomorrow evening (Wednesday, Dec. 5) at CalEPA’s headquarters building. To watch the ceremony live, tune in at 7 p.m. by using the link available on the CalEPA Webcasts page. High-resolution photos of the event will be available to the news media upon request. For more information about the GEELA program and this year’s recipients, please visit CalEPA’s GEELA webpage.

The 2018 GEELA recipients are listed below by category:

Climate Change

MCE (Marin County) for a solar energy project that is putting community needs and local workforce development at the center of renewable energy development.

United Airlines at the Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles County) for pioneering the use of renewable biofuel in the commercial airline industry.

Dixon Ridge Farms (Yolo County) for advancing innovative energy self-sufficiency on the farm and serving as a model for sustainable climate change solutions in the agriculture industry.

Ecosystem and Land Use Stewardship

County of Santa Clara & Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (Santa Clara County) for their collaborative regional plan to conserve Santa Clara Valley’s working lands and focus new development in existing urban areas.

Environmental Education

SF Environment’s School Education Program (San Francisco) for its collaboration with San Francisco’s public schools that has dramatically reduced waste going to landfills and increased recycling and composting.

Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities

Moulton Niguel Water District (Orange County) for sustainable water initiatives that are using public-private partnerships, open data access and public outreach to improve water conservation and reduce pollution from urban runoff.

Surplus Service (Alameda County) for programs that are helping businesses reduce electronic waste by reusing and repurposing electronic parts that would otherwise be recycled or disposed of in landfill.

Napa Valley Vintners (Napa County) for a rigorous, comprehensive, third-party certification program that is helping to ensure that Napa Valley wineries are operating as sustainably as possible.

Waste Reduction

Construction & Demolition Recycling Inc. (Los Angeles County) for demonstrating that salvaging and repurposing interior debris from commercial building demolition is possible and cost effective, filling a void in the recycling industry.

Fetzer Vineyards (Mendocino County) for waste reduction, recycling and composting programs that divert more than 98 percent of waste going to landfills and incineration, demonstrating continued leadership towards a zero-waste economy.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges that included the Governor’s Office and the secretaries of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency; the California Department of Food and Agriculture; the California Environmental Protection Agency; the California Government Operations Agency; the California Health and Human Services Agency; the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency; the California Natural Resources Agency; and the California State Transportation Agency.

Read more here: MCE receives state’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

SV Clean Energy Grants $75,000 to Nonprofits for Community Engagement

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) awarded a total of $75,000 in grant funds to six local organizations to collaborate on outreach to traditionally hard-to-reach and underserved residential customers. These grants complement the existing work and mission of trusted, local nonprofits while communicating SVCE’s services to a wide range of audiences.

Grantees include: Acterra, El Concilio, Interfaith Power and Light, Sound of Hope, Sunnyvale Community Services and the Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation. Many organizations will focus their outreach to customers on income-qualified energy discount programs. SVCE customers remain eligible for the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) and medical baseline programs, as well as the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“As a community-owned agency, we’re dedicated to supporting nonprofits throughout our county that are providing important services to our customers,” says Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “These organizations will help residents understand the benefits and on-bill savings that SVCE provides and communicate new energy programs that will reduce emissions and promote whole home health. We also look forward to learning from these organizations on how we can best serve the people and families in their networks.”

“We help vulnerable members in our local community with essential services, including financial aid for rent and utilities, food assistance, and screening for benefits,” says Marie Bernard, executive director of Sunnyvale Community Services. “We look forward to sharing how SVCE’s environmental and community benefits and competitive rates can further help the residents we serve.”

Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS) offers emergency financial assistance and services to SVCE’s largest member community, the City of Sunnyvale. SCS will host an energy education workshop and share SVCE information at food distribution sites, low-income Title I schools, local libraries and community centers.

Several other grant recipients also reach low-income and non-English speaking residents. El Concilio, an organization dedicated to improving quality of life for underserved communities in the counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo, will share SVCE information regularly at community events, food distribution sites, health centers and the Santa Clara Mexican Consulate.

Sound of Hope, a nonprofit organization and radio network that informs and educates the Chinese-speaking community on local issues, will host an in-person workshop to help residents understand their energy bill and share information at community events.

The Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation will communicate how SVCE benefits their clients at community events and through their existing programs and services, such as in-office case management services and classes on computer skills, English as a second language and citizenship.

These three nonprofits will also host radio shows to share information about SVCE with audiences who primarily speak Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese, respectively.

California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) works with faith-based communities of all religions to combat climate change. CIPL will offer sample sermons, faith responses to climate change, welcome packets and information about SVCE to engage their member congregations.

Acterra, an environmental education and community action nonprofit, will host energy clinics at local libraries and senior centers. These drop-in events will give residents an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a representative who can answer questions about their energy bills.

The grant cycle is one year with the potential of continuing the program and awarding additional grants in 2019. These organizations will play a critical role in SVCE’s outreach strategy, helping the agency reach a broader audience and build the connections to promote and inform future programs.

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Read more here: SV Clean Energy Grants $75,000 to Nonprofits for Community Engagement

Largest California Solar-Plus-Storage Project Agreement Signed between Recurrent, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power

Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), today announced its wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy LLC (“Recurrent Energy”) has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements (“PPA”) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150 megawatt (“MWac”) solar power system with 180 megawatt-hours (“MWh”) of battery storage. This joint procurement effort represents the largest contracted solar-plus-storage project in California to date.

This first-of-its-kind partnership resulted from a joint procurement process that Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power launched in September 2017 to source cost-effective, renewable power for their respective communities.

“As a community choice aggregator, we are proud to help California lead the transition to clean, reliable and flexible energy,” said Girish Balachandran, CEO of Silicon Valley Clean Energy. “We are proud to partner on a new renewable energy project that makes a significant investment to reach our state’s carbon-free energy goals and contribute to solving the state’s grid integration problem by investing in large grid-scale energy storage.”

“We are excited to bring online the largest solar-plus-storage project by CCAs to date,” said Tom Habashi, CEO of Monterey Bay Community Power. “Joining forces in this process with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Recurrent Energy has been invaluable, as we bring onto the grid the clean electricity that we know our customers desire.”

Power will be supplied from Recurrent Energy’s Slate photovoltaic-plus-storage project to be built in Kings County, California. The project is scheduled to reach commercial operation in 2021, and the energy represented by the contracts is enough to power 37,500 homes, providing Silicon Valley Clean Energy with 55 percent of the energy, and Monterey Bay with the other 45 percent of the combined output.

“We’re excited to have participated in this joint procurement effort that will not only include solar, but a landmark amount of energy storage for the state of California as well,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar. “With the integrated storage component, both CCAs will have the flexibility to fill the battery when wholesale energy prices are low and then discharge the energy when prices are higher to meet their unique load requirements in a cost-competitive manner. Recurrent Energy was the first developer to close financing for a utility-scale solar project with CCA off-takers and we will leverage this expertise to ensure the project is successful.”

The project’s lithium-ion battery component is 45 MW nameplate with 180 MWh of energy capacity, allowing for four hours of flexible energy delivery.

Read more here: Largest California Solar-Plus-Storage Project Agreement Signed between Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power

SVCE Signs Major Contracts for California’s Largest Solar-Plus-Storage Projects

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) signed two long-term agreements for the largest utility-scale, solar-plus-storage projects to be built in California. The two projects will provide 153 megawatts (MW) of solar and 47 MW of storage and will be developed by Electricité de France (EDF) and Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, LLC. (Recurrent). These projects will come online in 2021 and will harness enough energy to power 39,000 homes annually.

Building storage in addition to solar turns the sun’s energy into a resource that can be used on demand, rather than only when the sun is shining. These projects will combine solar panels with large batteries to store energy that the sun produces during the day so that more clean energy can be discharged onto the grid during times of high energy usage in the evening.

“As a Community Choice Energy agency, we’re proud to partner on these groundbreaking developments that not only increase the long-term supply of renewables to our customers, but also make the electricity grid cleaner,” says Courtenay Corrigan, SVCE Board Chair. “These projects show our maturity as an agency, our financial strength and our continued commitment to decarbonization.”

“We are excited to help California lead the transition to clean, reliable and flexible energy,” said Girish Balachandran, CEO of Silicon Valley Clean Energy. “These new renewable energy projects are a significant investment towards reaching our state’s carbon-free energy goals and contribute to solving the state’s grid integration problem by investing in large grid-scale energy storage.”

The contracts are the result of a competitive bidding process that began in September 2017. SVCE’s collaboration with its neighboring Community Choice Energy agency, Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) took advantage of economies of scale for the combined four counties, allowing for more purchasing power to invest in these long-term agreements. The two agencies issued a joint RFO which received over 80 offers for new projects that were in various stages of development. The overwhelming response represents the vast amount of interest in new renewable energy development that continues to grow.

Read more here: SVCE Signs Major Contracts for California’s Largest Solar-Plus-Storage Projects