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Community Programs Offers

SVCE is working with the community to reduce pollution from buildings and transportation to increase the use of carbon-free energy for a FutureFit Silicon Valley.

The Decarbonization Strategy and Programs Roadmap was developed through extensive community input to guide SVCE’s programs to help the community with electrification, switching from polluting natural gas in homes, buildings and transportation to clean electricity and decarbonization, eliminating carbon emissions from our ways of life.

By 2030, Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s programs aim to cut energy-related pollution in half from the 2015 baseline. That would prevent 2 million metric tons of CO2e (which is a lot of harmful pollution) from being released into the environment each year! These efforts help create a more comfortable, efficient, and healthy future for Silicon Valley.

cover of the decarbonization roadmap

Programs

Transportation

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is working to electrify transportation on all fronts because nearly 40% of Santa Clara County’s emissions come from transportation. Unlike conventional vehicles, which run on gasoline or diesel, electric vehicles are powered by electricity and produce no emissions. Silicon Valley Clean Energy plans on increasing adoption of electric vehicles and alternative modes of transportation to accelerate and transform how people get from place to place. Silicon Valley Clean Energy adopted the Electric Vehicle Joint Action Plan  to lay out the road ahead for programs addressing transportation.

Buildings and Homes

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is ensuring that buildings and homes within our community are FutureFit for efficiency, comfort, and safety. The following programs intend to accelerate high-efficiency, all-electric new construction and retrofits.

Innovation

Change requires innovation. Innovation is incorporated within each of Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s programs to accelerate emissions reductions. SVCE is also focused on cultivating innovative ideas outside of our designated programs to embrace new ideas and technologies. Our community is centered in the nation’s innovation capitol, Silicon Valley, leveraging this community will help accelerate our decarbonization mission.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is working with local partners, such as research institutions and startup incubators who are deeply embedded in the innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Through research, investing, and mentorship, these organizations help foster novel program ideas for carbon reduction, such as startups working on new solutions for transportation electrification, energy management and financing that will help our communities meet their sustainability goals.

Resilience

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is committed to providing our customers with clean, affordable and reliable electricity. With resilience programs, SVCE is helping customers and communities increase energy resilience to be prepared for public safety power shutoffs.

Grid Integration, Power Supply and Efficiency

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is maximizing clean electricity utilization on the grid and with our power supply.  Our relationship with the grid has changed as distributed generation, such as solar, has grown and as technologies that manage energy use have evolved. We will leverage these resources to take advantage of using power when it’s the cheapest and cleanest.

In addition, to building new renewable energy projects and developing programs that help our customers optimize energy use, Silicon Valley Clean Energy aims to provide clean power offerings that go beyond traditional power sources at competitive rates for large corporate customers.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy partnered with Gridworks to assess five different virtual power plant options: Real Time Pricing, Peak Day Pricing, Demand Response Auction Mechanism, Load Shift Resource and Distribution Services Model. Operations were evaluated against SVCE’s criteria, including customer and community value, emissions reductions, scalability and transferability, equity in service, core role for SVCE, and viability and outlined in the paper titled Silicon Valley Clean Energy Virtual Power Plant Options Analysis

Education and Outreach

Education and outreach play a key role with each of Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s programs. Connecting customers to their electricity usage and providing the tools necessary to empower all of us to reduce emissions benefits everyone.

Receive a Rebate for a New Water Heater

Water heaters are something many residents may not think of too often – that is until their water heater stops working. Most water heaters run on natural gas, which produces carbon emissions. With the FutureFit Program, Silicon Valley Clean Energy helps residents replace their natural gas water heaters with an efficient, electric, heat pump water heater at a cost comparable to replacement with a traditional, natural gas water heater.

Take a Look at Award-Winning All-Electric Homes

We want to recognize the leaders within the community who are reducing local emissions and promoting a healthier community with their technology and building designs. This award program showcases existing all-electric buildings that utilize our carbon-free electricity. We intend to collect and display resources and examples to increase awareness of all-electric buildings within our community.

Apply for Home Energy Storage Rebates

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) released a selective solicitation process and are currently reviewing proposals from qualified developers for the development of customer-sited Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). If you are interested in installing a system to increase your resilience, sign-up for the interest list on the Resilience webpage to receive program updates and information.

Apply for DC Fast Charging (DCFC) Incentives

SVCE is offering additional incentives of $10,000 per charger for DCFC deployed near-certain clusters of mult-unit dwelling developments as a way to provide more access to charging for residents. The competitive application window closes on September 30, 2020 and DCFC developers, installers and site hosts are encouraged to review the program webpage and apply!

Join SVTEC

Silicon Valley Transportation Electrification Clearinghouse (SVTEC) is a collaboration of public, private, and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate EV adoption across Silicon Valley. Visit the SVTEC webpage if your agency or company is interested in joining and to learn more about available resources and upcoming meetings.

Get Technical Assistance to Install New EV Chargers

The FutureFit Assist: EV Charging provides free technical assistance to our customers who own or manage small/medium commercial and multifamily properties. Now open and available for a limited time. Learn more and apply here.

Receive Recognition for Innovative Charging Solutions

The regional recognition program recognizes the achievements of local businesses, governments, and nonprofits across the region who have invested in innovative solutions to EV charging. Learn more and apply here.

Apply for Innovation Onramp Grant Funding

The Innovation Onramp program was launched 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 in our service territory & beyond.

Visit the Innovation Webpage for information regarding the Innovation Onramp programs. 

Take a Look at Award-Winning All-Electric Buildings

We want to recognize the leaders within the community who are reducing local emissions and promoting a healthier community with their technology and building designs. This award program showcases existing all-electric buildings that utilize our carbon-free electricity. We intend to collect and display resources and examples to increase awareness of all-electric buildings within our community.

Apply for Grant Funding for Energy Resilience Projects

In collaboration with our member agencies and local stakeholders, the program will assess, identify, prioritize and implement resilient energy strategies across our territory. Applications are currently open for the competitive solicitation process for planning support and for grant funding for member agencies.

Join SVTEC

Silicon Valley Transportation Electrification Clearinghouse (SVTEC) is a collaboration of public, private, and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate EV adoption across Silicon Valley. Visit the SVTEC webpage if your agency or company is interested in joining and to learn more about available resources and upcoming meetings.

Get Technical Assistance to Install New EV Chargers

The FutureFit Assist: EV Charging provides free technical assistance to our customers who own or manage small/medium commercial and multifamily properties. Now open and available for a limited time. Learn more and apply here.

Learn More about Your Community’s New Reach Codes

By working with local governments, building officials, and stakeholders from the building community, we are developing reach codes that help encourage the construction of buildings and homes that are powered solely with clean electricity. Visit our Reach Code webpage to learn more about this program.

Priority Zone DC Fast Charging (DCFC) Incentives:

SVCE is offering additional incentives of $10,000 per charger for DCFC deployed near-certain clusters of mult-unit dwelling developments as a way to provide more access to charging for residents. The competitive application window closes on September 30, 2020 and DCFC developers, installers and site hosts are encouraged to review the program webpage and apply!

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