SV Clean Energy Surpasses $1 Million in Innovation Pilot Funding
New report highlights impact of local climate tech investments
Sunnyvale, Calif. – September 2, 2021 – $1.1 million invested in local solutions for decarbonization. 25 EV charging stations installed at multifamily properties designed to address access to EV charging for renters. 160 local contracting businesses subscribed to use free, authorized access to energy data to speed installation of clean energy projects. 250 customers charging with GridShift, syncing their charge with the cleanest and lowest-cost electricity available.
These are some results from the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Innovation Onramp program. Published today, the SVCE Innovation Impact Report outlines the achievements made in the program’s first three years.
In 2019, SVCE established the Innovation Onramp grant program to leverage SVCE’s unique position to engage and support the innovation ecosystem in addressing key technical, market and policy barriers to achieving deep decarbonization.
SVCE has funded twelve innovation pilots with focuses ranging from transportation electrification and building decarbonization to energy resilience. Three years later, 2,400 SVCE customers have benefitted from the technologies deployed through the program.
Select pilot programs have made an impact well beyond the SVCE territory. The Data Hive pilot, which allows customers to authorize third-party access to their energy data, has been referenced as the “gold standard” in regulatory proceedings in four states, D.C. and federally. The partner company from the GridShift:EV Charging pilot is now working with another CCA in California to reduce emissions from EV charging while offering customer savings.
Since launching the Innovation Onramp program, SVCE has reviewed more than 112 applications and worked with 13 startup partners. The most recent grants focused on seed funding for decarbonization solutions and were awarded to two electrification-focused projects:
- The NeoCharge Smart Splitter is a low-cost technology advancing home electrification by helping people access EV charging and add large electric appliances without requiring electrical panel upgrades, a solution that is particularly relevant to renters and residents of older homes.
- XeroHome is an app that streamlines the electrification process by customizing appliance recommendations, predicting utility bill impacts, and connecting users directly to contractors all in-app.
The Innovation Impact Report outlines each SVCE-funded pilot project and highlights some of the major milestones that have been achieved. Read the Impact Report at www.svcleanenergy.org/innovation/#impact-report.
For more information on the SVCE Decarbonization Programs Roadmap visit www.svcleanenergy.org/decarbonization.
About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, community-owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.
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