The Charge Bliss Advanced Renewable Energy Community for a Disadvantaged Southern California Community
Innovation in the Planning, Permitting, Engineering, and Financing of a Community with Solar Panels and 100+ EV Chargers.
The project team worked with community, technical, and civic stakeholders to develop a plan that selected the best public buildings and parks to install energy storage, an extensive electric vehicle charging network, photovoltaic, and smart control technology – keeping in mind impacts to the grid, ZNE status, and cost. After completing the engineering design documents, the complete package was submitted to Carson. However, as of the end of 2018 the city chose not to further peruse the proposed development. This project demonstrated that early and frequent engagement with the community and civic leadership is an important aspect for advanced energy community efforts to avoid delays and re-designs that may arise from issues such as the need to compensate for pre-existing community priorities a
This project demonstrated how the City of Carson's disadvantaged downtown community could plan and design an advanced energy community that included an extensive electric vehicle charging network, high penetrations of photovoltaic (PV) generation, and stationary battery storage in their municipal parks and city-owned facilities. The project team used transportation and utility data to develop a plan for where to place EV charging stations within areas with high electric grid congestion and how the associated increased energy demand could be balanced with solar and storage to minimize grid impacts. The team conducted planning, permitting, financial modeling, and engineering design for over three megawatts of PVs and 40+ charging stations for a disadvantaged public sector and commercial area in the City of Carson. Charge Bliss collaborated with two local government entities, South Bay Cities Council of Governments, and Southern California Association of Governments, as well as a collection of universities and private companies on this effort.
Greater deployment of advanced energy technologies at a community scale will increase consumer familiarity and comfort with ZNE homes and communities, increasing the likelihood that consumers will choose to live in communities de
This project will reduce the time and costs needed to bring future community-scale IDER projects to a shovel-ready state.
This project piloted new approaches that increase the financial attractiveness of community-scale IDER projects, which could lead to increased investment in the community.
Key Project Members
The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the Los Angeles Campus
The Regents of the University of California, San Diego
Adopt A Charger
South Bay Cities Council of Governments
Charge Bliss Construction California, Inc. DBA Faraday Microgrids
Skelly Electric Inc.
Matt Sumrow Legal Services
Ghassemian Law Group, APC