We assess, design, finance, develop and manage Advanced Electricity Communities on behalf of its residents. Our focus is to decarbonize our cities with a bottom-up approach, while creating a new social, environmental and economic system improving the quality of life across Disadvantaged Communities and beyond.
Disadvantaged communities refer to the areas throughout California which most suffer from a combination of economic, health, and environmental burdens. These burdens include poverty, high unemployment, air and water pollution, presence of hazardous wastes as well as high incidence of asthma and heart disease.
There are over 2,000 of these communities identified by the California Environmental Protection Agency and approximately 750 of these communities are eligible to receive up to 35% of California Cap and Trade proceeds, making these communities feasible regeneration prospects. Disadvantaged Communities will become the New Lungs of our Cities.
Protocol Version 2.0
A data-driven middleware built to standardize the decarbonization and electrification of the real estate and transportation sectors across cities.
Community Policy Making
Community Resilient Microgrid
Our third approach to community resiliency is to implement a community microgrid, in case of emergencies and power outages. Community Microgrids can be implemented on campuses, stadiums or extreme weather threatened neighborhoods. Microgrids are designed to operate and generate electricity, connected or disconnected from the main grid.
Community Carbon Engagement
Using an interactive community design platform built on top of the largest set of publicly available granulated energy and pollution data, provides us with accurate community assessment, powered with benchmark data to start the community regeneration in which the most pollution is present. At this point, we have the data needed to design the proposal for our target community regeneration.
Community Workforce Development
Community Smart Solar
Our Community Solar protocol component provides homeowners, renters, and businesses equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation regardless of the physical attributes or ownership of their home or business. Our Community Solar implementation provides access to solar for all, including low-to-moderate income customers most impacted by a lack of access, all while building a stronger, distributed, and more resilient electric grid.
Community Blockchain Backbone
In order to record the aggregated efficiencies across the community network, we use a Blockchain Backbone; a Plug & Play middleware in which all the decarbonization protocol components (assets/nodes) are Plugged into the middleware. These super nodes mine the data at the place of origin allowing smart meters, solar inverters, battery controllers, distribution grid control systems and all the super nodes in the network to use their on-board computing power to route the value to markets as well as to solve edge-of-grid problems that happen too fast for centralized grid control systems to manage.
We use a hybrid approach for community engagement; a deployment of community spaces in which people have the chance to see the proposal of the community vision and regeneration. In these places, people will be guided on how they can become part of the local electrification and decarbonization efforts, as well as how to vote to support the proposal. These Pop-Up spaces will be in high foot traffic areas across the community. Here, members can download and learn how to use the App in order to become “prosumer electricity market participants”.
Community Virtual Power Plant
The fourth component in the protocol is the development of a Community Virtual Power Plant (VPPs). By using this approach, asset owners will become producers of electricity that provide advanced grid services to utilities and help them to manage complexities concerning rollout of pricing, demand response and distributed energy resources, ISO/wholesale market participation and distribution management.
Community Mobility Grid
Community Operating System
In partnership with our real estate partners, we have co-designed a new concept: a living community that we call Prosumer Energy Block – the PROBLOCK. The PROBLOCK begins with deep energy efficiency, then integrates a Virtual Power Plant or VPP. The VPP is comprised of solar rooftop panels that produce local clean electricity integrated with an energy storage system and managed with a smart Community Operating System, which orchestrates and sells the surplus electricity and renewable energy credits produced by each house. The PROBLOCK has sufficient capacity to switch fuels from gas to electricity for heating and hot water.
PROBLOCK residents share electric vehicles charged by local stored energy reserves, which further reduces greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel dependence. Moreover, water efficiency systems capture and reuse greywater, to sustain irrigation; these systems are estimated to cut demand for potable water by 70 percent.