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About the Richmond Advanced Energy Community (AEC) Project

Through integrated planning, policy and program development funded by the California Energy Commission, the Richmond AEC Project designed scalable solutions to support communities in their transition to zero net energy (ZNE) and substantially reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

In particular, the project designed solutions for overcoming common barriers that efficiency and clean technology programs face when engaging with lower-income households.

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

Projected CO2 saved by 2030
8,225 Metric Tons

Buildings covered by project
3,491 Buildings

Solar PV installed
1.1 MW

Energy storage installed
2.3 MW


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 Richmond AEC Project to accelerate adoption in communities across the country.

Resources for Policy Makers, Government Officials, and Urban Planners
Energy Assurance Strategic Action Plan Electric Vehicle Investment Planning Tool Electric Vehicle Action Plan Green Revolving Fund Guiding Document ZNE Reach Code and Ordinance Proposal BESO Ordinance Proposal BESO Software Platform Schematic Social Impact Bond Financial Model Social Impact Bond Financial Manual ZNE Early Adopter Measure List Low-Income Measure List Low-Income Program Policy Manual City Building Solar and Storage RFI DER Program Challenges and Opportunities Report DER Program Enrollment Implementation Plan DER Program Enrollment and Participation Manual
Resources for Utilities
Energy Assurance Strategic Action Plan BESO Ordinance Proposal BESO Software Platform Schematic ZNE Early Adopter Measure List ZNE Early Adopter Program Policy Manual Low Income Measure List Low Income Policy Program Manual DER Program Challenges and Opportunities Report DER Program Enrollment Implementation Plan DER Program Enrollment and Participation Manual
Resources for Prospective Homeowners
ZNE Reach Code and Ordinance Proposal ZNE Early Adopter Measure List
Resources for Builders, Contractors, and Engineers
ZNE Reach Code and Ordinance Proposal BESO Ordinance Proposal BESO Software Platform Schematic Social Impact Bond Financial Model Social Impact Bond Financial Manual ZNE Early Adopter Measure List Low-Income Measure List DER Program Challenges and Opportunities Report DER Program Enrollment Implementation Plan DER Program Enrollment and Participation Manual
Resources for Property Developers
ZNE Reach Code and Ordinance Proposal BESO Ordinance Proposal BESO Software Platform Schematic Social Impact Bond Financial Model Social Impact Bond Financial Manual ZNE Early Adopter Measure List ZNE Early Adopter Program Policy Manual DER Program Challenges and Opportunities Report DER Program Enrollment Implementation Plan DER Program Enrollment and Participation Manual
Resources for Existing Building Owners
Energy Assurance Strategic Action Plan Electric Vehicle Investment Planning Tool Electric Vehicle Action Plan Green Revolving Fund Guiding Document BESO Ordinance Proposal BESO Software Platform SchematicLow-Income Measure List DER Program Challenges and Opportunities Report DER Program Enrollment Implementation Plan DER Program Enrollment and Participation Manual

Where do ZNE Solutions Fit in the City of Richmond?

Map Legend and Project Components


Success Stories

GigaCrete

Social Impact Bond for ZNE Abandoned Homes: Where the Triple Bottom Line Lives

A Social Impact Bond for ZNE Abandoned Homes in Richmond is proving to be a pathway for a city to integrate triple bottom line approaches of advancing social equity through environmentally and economically sustainable means. The Social Impact Bond Administrator, the Richmond Community Foundation, has purchased abandoned, blighted homes, and is facilitating their renovation by hiring local contractors.

Through the Richmond AEC Project, Zero Net Energy and Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) best practices have been pursued, including high efficiency appliances, electrification for a less carbon intensive energy production through the local energy provider and onsite solar. Richmond Community Foundation has then offered priority purchasing for members of a First-time Homebuyers Program and support through the transition into homeownership.

This Social Impact Bond for ZNE Abandoned Homes is a convergence of many interested stakeholders and the results of the first-of-its kind implementation. The scalable mechanism can serve as a replicable model for economic development, social equity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and energy resilience, while also capitalizing on infill redevelopment in a city’s central core, advancing Climate Action Plans and aligning with anti-sprawl principles, avoiding emissions that would otherwise be caused by new residential construction on the region’s periphery.


Program Partners

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