Community Pilot Awardees
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) of San Mateo County has awarded grants of up to $75,000 each for six innovative local pilot projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support low-income customers, and advance electric transportation. The Community Pilot Program awards will fund programs within the county to repair homes for low-income residents, promote access to electric vehicles, switch from gas to electric appliances, provide backup power for emergency shelters, and ensure safe appliance recycling. Below are the selected six local pilot projects.
Opportunities for customer participation in some of these pilot projects will be communicated early next year as the programs become available. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on these opportunities and more.
|Submitter Organization||Proposal Name||Synopsis||Main Technology Area|
|ARCA Recycling, Inc.||ARCA Recycling, Inc. Appliance Recycling||Old refrigerator recycling program to capture high impact GHG sources. Program will pick up old refrigerators and manage disposal through turnkey service including pickup and disposal adhering to strict EPA standards.||Efficiency|
|Ardenna Energy, LLC||Peninsula Climate Comfort||Pilot for electrification retrofits for select number of homes. Program will offer an incentive to participants. Project will provide in-depth technical and financial assessment as well financing strategy intended to establish a business model for home electrification.||Building Electrification|
|Build It Green||Healthy Home Connect||Upgrade select number of low-income homes in San Mateo County that would otherwise be disqualified from housing assistance programs. PCE gap funding enables healthy home remediations and repairs, allowing these formerly disqualified homes to then receive energy efficiency improvements.||Efficiency|
|CA Interfaith Power & Light||Community Resiliency - Solar to Storage at Faith Institutions||Recruit and develop plans to equip select number of faith institutions to be community hubs with clean energy back up power open to all in need in the community for emergencies.||Generation|
|Envoy Technologies Inc.||Low to Moderate Income Community Car Sharing||Under this pilot, Envoy will deploy a select number of battery electric vehicles (EVs) to be used for car sharing within a low to moderate income community apartment complex. Project evaluates potential for ongoing business model.||Electric Vehicles|
|SMC Office of Sustainability||A Roadmap for Municipal Green Fleets||Develop a clean fuel fleet toolkit for local governments, acquire pilot vehicles and scooters, and provide technical assistance to jurisdictions interested in strategic planning of their fleets to identify a custom roadmap based on vehicle use cases, budget, and climate goals||Electric Vehicles|
Community Pilots Selection Criteria
In September 2017, the Board approved opening a public process to execute PCE local programs. PCE issued a Request for Proposals for Community Pilots on June 21, 2018. Any individual, organization, and municipality were eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. Funding up to $75,000 has been offered to pilot projects up to 18 months of duration. It is anticipated that up to 6 projects may be selected.
PCE evaluated these proposals on the basis of the following criteria:
- Accelerates GHG reductions and renewables
Delivers clear quantifiable GHG reductions and/or renewables in a cost-effective manner.
- Delivers community benefits
The project provides community benefits including delivering tangible benefits to low income communities, develops workforce (including aligning with PCE workforce policy), and/or serves customers across PCE’s geography.
- Supports PCE’s load serving needs
Supports PCE’s objective to reach 100% renewables by 2025 by matching supply and load.
- Can be executed within PCE capacity and builds PCE capabilities
Can be managed by PCE staff without undue burden and/or creates valuable expertise or data for ongoing use.
- Additional benefits
Supports community resilience; is innovative, scalable and replicable; and/or addresses program gaps in the region.
- Credentials and Approach
The applicant and its partners have the demonstrated capacity to execute the proposed project, the budget is realistic and appropriate, objectives and approach are feasible, and evaluation approach is credible.
Community Pilots Results
The application deadline closed August 3, 2018 at 5:00pm PDT. PCE received a total of 37 proposals. Two were disqualified as late or incomplete. Please find attached a list of all proposal abstracts as submitted in alphabetical order by organization name.
Schedule for awards is as follows:
|August 3||Applications due|
|August 8||Preliminary screening|
|August 16||Citizens Advisory Committee feedback on summary|
|August 23||Board briefed on summary|
|September 11||Board Executive Committee reviews proposed finalists|
|September 20||Citizens Advisory Committee review of possible recommended awardees|
|October 25||Board selection of awardees|
|November - January||Contracting and Projects Start|
The following diagrams show the technology and approach taken by the applications received.
Figure 1 shows the breakdown of primary technology areas across proposals. Please note that for the applicants that selected a combination of two or more of these areas in the submission form, PCE selected a main technology area for each of these.
Figure 2 shows the approach the proposals propose. Approach refers to what kind of activity and emphasis the project proposes. Because some proposals may have a strong emphasis on two or three of these approaches, the number reflected in the pie chart is greater than the sample size of 37 applications.