Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 11 June 2015 23:09

BACC, SMCCCD & Geli win $3M from CEC for Internet of Energy

Bay Area Climate Collaborative, 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 prospectsv.org and baclimate.org 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 www.geli.net and Tweeting at @growingenergy.

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Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 21 January 2015 23:35

BACC and ProspectSV Join Forces

Bay Area Climate Collaborative and Prospect Silicon Valley Join Forces

BACC becomes part of Prospect Silicon Valley organization with increased strategic linkages

 

SAN JOSE, CA., Jan. 22, 2015 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) announced the integration of BACC into the ProspectSV organization. BACC and ProspectSV programs will continue as they do today with strengthened linkages between the respective programs, creating a unique organization that links support of technology commercialization and market acceleration toward the development of sustainable, clean, high-tech cities.

 

The BACC was launched in 2009 by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and then Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, to accelerate implementation of clean energy solutions in the region. Since inception, BACC market acceleration programs have worked with over half the local governments in the 9-county Bay Area resulting in 100 million lbs. of CO2 reductions committed over the next ten years.

 

“Innovation and clean technology are hallmarks of San Jose's Green Vision,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (2007-2014). “The Bay Area Climate Collaborative and Prospect Silicon Valley joining together as a team will help us meet our Green Vision goals by providing even greater support to entrepreneurs and forward-looking agencies throughout the region.”

 

BACC programs include facilitating the two largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet deployments in the country with 140 EVs to over a dozen municipalities; the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, which has catalyzed the upgrade of over 85,000 streetlights to LEDs; and Energize Schools, supporting the Bay Area’s school districts in maximizing their clean energy investments.

 

“We are very excited to have the BACC join the Prospect team,” said ProspectSV board chair Gordon Ho, “There is great complementarity between the programs, and ProspectSV’s partners will benefit by an even stronger pathway to scaled deployment.”

 

ProspectSV was launched by the City of San Jose in 2014 to provide commercialization support to promising cleantech startups. On behalf of its clients, the organization provides commercialization assistance and facilities for demonstration of new technologies, develops partnerships and platforms for field trials and pilot projects, and convenes key stakeholders including investors and corporate sponsors.

 

BACC co-chair and Oakland Assistant Director of Public Works Susan Kattchee noted, “The close relationship to ProspectSV commercialization program will enable the BACC to have better insight into emerging technologies and to bring solutions faster to municipalities around the region.”

 

Since inception, the BACC has been a project of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, hosted at their office and fiscally sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, its associated 501(c)3. The Leadership Group will continue to be a strategic partner of the BACC, including direction-setting leadership via the BACC’s Steering Committee.

 

“We are thrilled that the BACC has entered a new stage, aimed at delivering still more value,” stated Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, “Prospect Silicon Valley is an exceptional partner and together both will accelerate innovation in the region.”

 

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative established by business and civic leaders in 2009 to accelerate the clean energy implementation. BACC programs have committed over 100 million lbs. CO2 avoided over the next 10 years through its market oriented initiatives. BACC initiatives include facilitating the deployment of 140 electric fleet vehicles, over 150 EV charge ports, 85,000 LED street lights, 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 over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.

 

About Prospect Silicon Valley

Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) is the first nonprofit, Silicon Valley-based effort to catalyze the commercialization and growth of next generation energy and science technologies for emerging and established companies. ProspectSV provides technology commercialization programs and a technology demonstration, testing facilities and other critical resources. Client companies are developing technologies to reduce energy consumption and cost, reduce carbon emissions, improve quality of life in cities.  ProspectSV strives to make cities smarter, cleaner and more connected through technology. ProspectSV provides a full spectrum of support to emerging technology companies, including access to a $12 million, 23,000 sq.ft. Technology Demonstration Center with working space and resources, lab facilities, specialized equipment, meeting rooms, industrial and prototype manufacturing space, and a suite of commercialization support services. ProspectSV is actively assisting entrepreneurs with innovations in vehicle technology, traffic systems, energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and energy storage.  Sponsors and partners include Wells Fargo, Hyundai Ventures, Cisco, Continental, Denso, Toyota, Siemens, Ericsson, Applied Materials, and Toshiba. In addition, ProspectSV’s key partners include Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the University of California, the City of San Jose, the LA Cleantech Incubator, the CleanTech Open, AT&T Foundry, and international partners including the Netherlands, Dublin City University, South Australia, and the Israeli Economic Mission. See www.prospectsv.org for more information.

 

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation

The purpose of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is to conduct and promote non-partisan analysis, study and research of public policy issues affecting California’s Silicon Valley region, including housing, transportation, environmental protection, education, land use and energy, and help to alleviate human need and suffering in the region by combating hunger, deprivation and physical affliction with the provision of funding for food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life. See www.svlg.org/about-us/svlg-foundation for more information.

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Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:02

BACC and City CarShare win $1M to expand carsharing

City CarShare To Expand Carsharing in East Bay Through One Million Dollar Grant Awarded by Metropolitan Transportation Authority

 

In Partnership with Contra Cost Transportation Authority and Bay Area Climate Collaborative, City CarShare to Bring Much-Needed Carsharing Options to Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland Communities

 

San Francisco, C.A., Dec. 18, 2014 – City CarShare, a Bay Area Nonprofit, will expand its carsharing network to underserved East Bay communities in collaboration with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC). The program will deploy vehicles in Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland, and includes electric vehicles, fuel-efficient hybrids, and a wheelchair accessible van.  The program is partially funded through a $973,864 grant, awarded Wednesday, December 18 by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

 

The program, called CarShare4All, will bring the Bay Area’s most affordable and environmentally-focused carsharing service to low and moderate income areas. “The ongoing support of the MTC has enabled City CarShare to provide the most diverse and greenest fleet available to underserved communities”, said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare. “This award will help us and our partners provide electric vehicles, new solar-charging technology, and our AccessMobile (wheelchair van) program to neighborhoods that deserve a lot more attention than they’ve previously received.”

 

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the lead applicant for the grant, will serve as fiscal agent for the project. City CarShare will own and operate the network and BACC will provide deployment support.

 

City CarShare, the nation’s largest nonprofit carsharing organization, serves nearly 16,000 members in the Bay Area. Over 60% of its locations are in designated low/moderate income neighborhoods. Nearly 200 of its cars are within walking distance of major transit lines and over 50% of its carsharing fleet is battery-based (hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid and all battery electric). The CarShare4All program supports a common goal among City CarShare, the CCTA, and BACC, which is to expand green transportation choices to all constituencies.

 

"Carsharing is a very important part of our strategy to provide transportation options," said Kevin Romick, Chair of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, "This project with City CarShare and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative provides critical links to and from public transit, which provides multi-modal travel choices for Contra Costa residents."

 

CarShare4All will also allow City CarShare to expand its CommunityShare program, which provides discounted carshare memberships to low and moderate income families, and its AccessMobile program, which provides wheelchair accessible vans to members. Additionally, CarShare4All will include equipment by Schneider Electric for charging electric vehicles as the fleet will contain only plug-in electric vehicles or hybrids. An innovative solar-based EV charging infrastructure will be tested at one location, as well, that lowers deployment costs and enables vehicles to be “solar powered.” City CarShare will be the first carsharing organization to deploy and use this new and innovative ‘off the grid” technology. As a result, best practices will be developed and shared through this proposed project.

 

“We are very pleased to see carsharing expanded in El Cerrito,” said Melanie Mintz Interim Community Development Director, City of El Cerrito, “residents appreciate the existing carshare access at one BART station and having a new pod near El Cerrito Del Norte station will be a big win.”

 

Carsharing enables individuals to reduce their dependence on private transportation. When fully deployed CarShare4All is projected to yield as much as 3 million lbs. of CO2 reduction per year.

 

“Carsharing is a vital strategy for lowering our carbon footprint and reducing transportation costs,” said BACC Executive Director Rafael Reyes, “we look forward to assisting City CarShare to bring expanded services to the region.”

 

 

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About the City CarShare

City CarShare is the largest nonprofit carsharing organization in North America and the only nonprofit carsharing service in the Bay Area. Launched in 2001, City CarShare’s mission is to reduce car ownership and usage, improve the environment, and support an enhanced quality of life for all in Bay Area communities. City CarShare offers convenient, affordable access to shared cars and promotes green mobility options beyond carsharing. As a nonprofit, City CarShare offers members rates that are 10%-50% lower than other providers, a subsidized low/moderate income program (CommunityShare), and the wheelchair accessible carsharing vehicles, the first in the nation (AccessMobile). City CarShare also offers more plug-in electric vehicles than any other classic carsharing provider of multiple vehicle types.  For more information please visit: www.citycarshare.org.

 

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate the clean energy economy. BACC programs have committed 100 million lbs. of CO2 emissions reductions over the next decade. Major partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, industry partners including ChargePoint, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle innovation through co-facilitation of the EV Strategic Council, the executive forum driving the region’s vision to be the “EV Capital of the US”; co-managing the Experience Electric EV marketing campaign with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; facilitation of 150 electric vehicles to municipal fleets; and development of Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities delivering key guidance on EV preparedness. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.

 

About the Contra Costa Transportation Authority

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency responsible for maintaining and improving the county’s transportation system by planning, funding, and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. The Authority is also the county's designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable.  More information is available at ccta.net.

 

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 31 billion US dollars in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.  www.schneider-electric.com/us

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Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 20 November 2014 01:27

Next 10 releases "Bay to Market" Innovation Report

 

Next 10 releases its new report featuring the Bay Area Climate Collaborative.

 

In "Bay to Market: Bay Area Innovations Leading Clean Technology Development," Next 10 reports that the local culture of innovation, progressive policies, public-private partnerships, research institutions, the strong information technology sector and local investors are driving the region's clean economy.

 

Key findings include:

  • The Bay Area is developing and implementing advanced transportation technologies and the region leads the nation in electric vehicle adoption.
  • EV research and development is very strong, as well as technology advancements that increase the efficiency of conventional cars.
  • The region has one of the largest concentrations of energy storage companies in the world.
  • The Bay Area is home to a growing number of companies that develop, test, and manufacture building energy-efficiency technologies.
  • Regional stakeholders are supporting the installation of advanced energy efficiency technology in Bay Area buildings.

 
 

Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:46

BACC and Bank of America Partnership Supporting Clean Energy Economy

Renewed Support will Further Accelerate Bay Area Clean Energy Implementation

SAN JOSE, C.A., Aug. 13, 2014 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) today announced a renewal of anchor financial support from strategic partner Bank of America to advance high-impact clean energy initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, including next generation lighting, electric vehicles (EVs), and efficiency and clean energy in K-12 schools.

 

Now in its fifth year of partnership with the BACC, Bank of America has provided nearly $280,000 in grants which have accelerated regional programs that will yield near-term cost savings and carbon pollution reduction. These include the facilitating the two largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet deployments in the country with 140 EVs to over a dozen municipalities; the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, which has catalyzed the upgrade of over 70,000 streetlights to LEDs; and Energize Schools, supporting the Bay Area’s school districts in maximizing their clean energy investments.

 

In a July 8th press conference in Alameda County Bank of America Senior Vice President Gail Mohr, Alameda County Board President Keith Carson, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and other senior Bay Area leaders announced the landmark rollout of 90 all-electric vehicles to ten Bay Area local governments in what is the single largest municipal deployment of light-duty battery electric vehicles in the nation to date.

 

“Our support for organizations like the Bay Area Climate Collaborative plays a significant part in meeting our 10-year, $50 billion environmental business goal,” noted Mohr. “Through our partnership, we are helping to address climate change and advance immediate carbon reducing solutions which support the economy.”

 

“Bank of America’s support plays an instrumental role enabling some of the most substantive clean energy initiatives in the region,” said Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the BACC. “We are grateful for their guidance and vision.”

 

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group established by business and civic leaders in 2009 to accelerate the clean energy implementation. BACC programs have committed over 54 million lbs. CO2 avoided over the next 10 years through its market oriented initiatives. BACC initiatives include facilitating the deployment of 140 electric fleet vehicles, over 150 EV charge ports, 70,000 LED street lights, and developing innovative programs such as Energize Schools. Anchor partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, major clean energy industry partners, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.

 

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,750 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Please visit: http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/environmental-sustainability.html

 

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