U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CommRE) projects receive financial assistance and support from numerous federal and state agencies and partnering organizations. The University of California at Davis CommRE project is not only being funded by DOE, but also by the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Renewable-Based Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) program. Below are summaries of select RESCO projects and links to additional information.
About Renewable-Based Energy Secure Communities
RESCO projects are funded by the CEC's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, which supports public interest energy research, development, and demonstration. The goal of RESCO is to develop and demonstrate integration of on-site renewable energy production combined with on-site storage alternatives, lighting and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning building retrofits, and electric vehicle charging stations.
The Santa Rita Jail Smart Grid RESCO project in Alameda County, California, combined solar, wind, and vehicle storage technologies with energy efficiency and water conservation measures to reduce the jail's energy use while strengthening grid stability and security. Watch a video on the project for more information.
El Dorado County
The El Dorado County, California, RESCO project is evaluating energy production, use, and management technologies as well as integration opportunities at existing treated and raw water systems. Assessment results will be shared to influence state-wide efforts for improvement in waste water facilities. Learn more on the Cal-IRES website.
The Humboldt County, California, RESCO project assessed a full range of renewable resources that can be integrated with energy efficiency and demand management to meet 75% to 100% of the local electricity demand. A strategic plan was developed that includes guidance on implementing near-term pilot projects. Download the draft strategic plan.
The University of California (UC) Merced County RESCO project is developing an operational model to help the campus optimize integration of renewable technologies and storage while maximizing reliability and minimizing cost. The project includes piloting plasma gasification for UC Merced's waste stream.
San Luis Obispo County
Through the RESCO project, San Luis Obispo County, California, developed a locally based vision for a clean and secure energy future. The project involved creating a model to help communities within the county implement renewable energy technologies and identifying potential pilot projects. Results were shared with local government officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders. Learn more about the project.
The goal of the Sonoma County, California, RESCO project is to build a community-based, integrated renewable energy supply. The project involves collecting data that can be used to facilitate similar projects in other communities and installing a demonstration project that integrates numerous renewable energy technologies. Learn more on the Sonoma County RESCO project website.
For additional information on RESCO and other community-wide renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, visit the California Integrated Renewable Energy Systems Program website.