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About the Lancaster Advanced Energy Community (AEC) Project

In 2011, the city of Lancaster set a goal to become the first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) City. To support this and additional priorities set forth by the city—including the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, increasing cost-effective integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), and improving resiliency of the electric grid —ZNEA and Energy Solutions developed a suite of solutions to support the community in reaching their goals. Based on several months of research, analysis, and modeling, the project team recommended the design of a residential microgrid and the optimal deployment of DERs among the City’s largest energy users.

This work creates a replicable model of how to enable ZNE communities from a technical and financial perspective. It also proposes a standardized framework for valuing DER assets to develop viable business models and attract financial investments needed to support widespread deployment of clean energy resources.

While the solutions were targeted towards the city of Lancaster, they are designed to be scalable throughout the State of California and across the United States.


Resources
To learn how to adopt ZNE policies, programs, and plans, click on the stakeholder cards below to check out toolkit materials developed for the Lancaster AEC Project to accelerate adoption in communities across the country.

Policy Makers, Government Officials, and Urban Planners
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Prospective Homeowners
Builders, Contractors, and Engineers
Property Developers
Urban Planners
ZNE Residential Development Resources for Policy Makers and Government Officials
Legal and Policy Framework for Using Land-Secured Finance to Achieve ZNE ZNE Community Financial Model
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Policy Makers and Government Officials
DER Valuation Framework User Manual Community Solar Model Storage Model Smart Charging EV Model DR Model Buyer Perceptions and Business Model Challenges & Opportunities Report EV and Stationary Storage Procurement Report Public/Private Business Model Summary Report
ZNE Residential Development Resources for Utilities
Legal and Policy Framework for Using Land-Secured Finance to Achieve ZNE ZNE Community Financial Model
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Utilities
DER Valuation Framework User Manual Community Solar Model Storage Model Smart Charging EV Model DR Model Buyer Perceptions and Business Model Challenges & Opportunities Report EV and Stationary Storage Procurement Report Public/Private Business Model Summary Report Community DER Interconnection Report
ZNE Residential Development Resources for Prospective Homeowners
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ZNE Residential Development Resources for Builders, Contractors, and Engineers
Technical Framework for Using Land-Secured Finance to Achieve ZNE
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Builders, Contractors, and Engineers
Community DER Interconnection Report
ZNE Residential Development Resources for Property Developers
Legal and Policy Framework for Using Land-Secured Finance to Achieve ZNE ZNE Community Financial Model Technical Framework for Using Land-Secured Finance to Achieve ZNE ZNE Community Cost-Benefit Analysis
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Property Developers
DER Valuation Framework User Manual Community Solar Model Storage Model Smart Charging EV Model DR Model Community DER Interconnection Report
ZNE Residential Development Resources for Urban Planners
Legal and Policy Framework for Using Land-Secured Finance to Achieve ZNE ZNE Community Financial Model Technical Framework for Using Land-Secured Finance to Achieve ZNE ZNE Community Cost-Benefit Analysis
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Urban Planners
DER Valuation Framework User Manual Community Solar Model Storage Model Smart Charging EV Model DR Model Buyer Perceptions and Business Model Challenges & Opportunities Report EV and Stationary Storage Procurement Report Public/Private Business Model Summary Report Community DER Interconnection Report

Microgrid Community Case Study: Avenue I

Avenue I—a 5.84-acre lot located between Avenue I and West Avenue H and between Elm Avenue and Sierra Highway—is owned by the City of Lancaster. The city plans to develop 75 single-family units, operated by the Lancaster Housing Authority for low-income tenants. After identifying the hybrid use case with Li-ion battery storage, the project team considered the possibility of shared flywheel storage.

Through stakeholder input, including Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) and the Lancaster Housing Authority, the project team identified three potential use cases for the Avenue I microgrid:

  1. Resiliency & Excess Generation (R&EG)
  2. Energy Bill Savings (EBS)
  3. Emissions Reductions (ER)

Learn more about the project through this final report.

Single-family units
75

Floor plans
3

Square footage
1,400 – 1,900

Incorporates
Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

 


Where Does the Avenue I Microgrid Community Fit?



Program Partners

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