The Bassett-Avocado Heights Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) integrates these key technologies to demonstrate how lower cost, locally produced renewable energy can be deployed at scale within a disadvantaged community (DAC) to showcase how they can be part of the transition to a clean energy future. The project uses private sites to generate local, reliable, renewable and competitively priced electricity from a Smart Community Solar system for mostly low-income enrolled participants. It includes a Resiliency Microgrid that can provide energy to the community in emergencies or blackouts.
The BAAEC demonstrates the benefits of a Prosumer Network encompassing installation of solar PV and battery storage in income-qualified single-family homes, integrated with a Blockchain Pilot, which simulates a scenario where enrolled participants generate, actively manage, and sell energy to the local load-serving entity. The BAAEC also incorporates a Mobile Grid of EV charging stations and shared transportation options to reduce GHGs and improve air quality.
The Prototype is designed on a Data-Driven Protocol composed of seven interconnected strategies:
1- Community Mobilization Digital App
2- Community Resiliency Microgrid
3- Community Prosumer Network (Virtual Power Plant)
4- Community Micro-Transit EV Van Pooling
5- Community Carbon Management
6- Community Blockchain Backbone
7- Community Operating System (Microgrid Controller)