California Energy Commission selects the Clean Coalition’s Peninsula Advanced Energy Community for grant award

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The Clean Coalition, another NCS project, received a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for its Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC). Given by CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, it will bring “The EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities” to the southern portion of San Mateo County, California. ”

The CEC defines an Advanced Energy Community as one that: minimizes the need for new energy infrastructure costs such as transmission and distribution upgrades; supports grid reliability and resiliency by incorporating technologies such as energy storage and microgrids; can be replicated and scaled-up to further drive down costs; and provides affordable access to renewable energy generation.

With Clean Coalition’s guidance, The PAEC will include all of the above through abundant local solar electricity, zero net energy buildings, Solar Emergency Microgrids, and charging infrastructure to support the rapid growth in electric vehicles. It is anticipated based on the equivalent of 25 MW of local solar photovoltaic, the project will save energy consumers over $25 million, generate over $100 million in regional economic output, create $35 million in local wages, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 800 million pounds over 20 years.

The PAEC region, which is experiencing enormous commercial and residential growth pressure, is representative of similar areas throughout California — ensuring that the PAEC’s success can be replicated statewide. The PAEC is also supported by Pacific Gas & Electric, Facebook, NRG, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, and numerous local governments. Read more in the Clean Coalition’s upcoming newsletters.