In partnership with the California Local Government Commission, the City of Fresno, and other partners, Tierra was technical lead on the Energize Fresno project to accelerate the deployment of advanced energy communities (AEC). Energize Fresno leverages city planning activities (e.g. general plans, water, transportation, carbon action, housing plan, etc.) to develop portfolios of projects that have an aggressive implementation of distributed energy resources (DER), including energy efficiency, distributed generation, demand management, energy storage, and site level infrastructure upgrades needed to support electrification of transportation. Energize Fresno is also part of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Districts Accelerator project. Tierra completed 3 technical tasks at the core of the Energy Fresno project, including:
- A Project Pipeline development process that originated a portfolio of commercial projects that reduced customer energy costs and improve grid resiliency through designs that combine energy efficiency with aggressive solar and storage deployments.
- A Funding Platform that defines the full range of funding options that exist within a community, and how these can be coordinated, combined, and cross-leveraged to drive the implementation of projects with higher resource value.
- A Verification Toolkit that provides the internal mechanisms necessary to verify, record, aggregate the savings from all projects being installed, community-wide, on an ongoing basis using a normalized metered energy (NMEC) approach.