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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 SynopsisMain 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, LLCPeninsula Climate ComfortPilot 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 GreenHealthy Home ConnectUpgrade 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 InstitutionsRecruit 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 SustainabilityA Roadmap for Municipal Green FleetsDevelop 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 goalsElectric 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:

  1. Accelerates GHG reductions and renewables

Delivers clear quantifiable GHG reductions and/or renewables in a cost-effective manner.

  1. 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.

  1. Supports PCE’s load serving needs

Supports PCE’s objective to reach 100% renewables by 2025 by matching supply and load.

  1. 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.

  1. Additional benefits

Supports community resilience; is innovative, scalable and replicable; and/or addresses program gaps in the region.

  1. 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 3Applications due
August 8Preliminary screening
August 16Citizens Advisory Committee feedback on summary
August 23Board briefed on summary
September 11Board Executive Committee reviews proposed finalists
September 20 Citizens Advisory Committee review of possible recommended awardees
October 25Board selection of awardees
November - JanuaryContracting and Projects Start

The following diagrams show the technology and approach taken by the applications received.

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Figure 2

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.

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