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.
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.
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Policy Makers and Government Officials
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Utilities
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Builders, Contractors, and Engineers
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Property Developers
DER Value Creation and Program Design Resources for Urban Planners
Microgrid Community Case Study: Avenue I
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:
- Resiliency & Excess Generation (R&EG)
- Energy Bill Savings (EBS)
- Emissions Reductions (ER)
Learn more about the project through this final report.
1,400 – 1,900
Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
Where Does the Avenue I Microgrid Community Fit?