Developing an Advanced Energy Master Plan for the Encanto Neighborhood in San Diego
This project will fund an advanced energy community master plan in the Encanto Neighborhood that can be replicated in California.
This project completed in 2018. As part of the project, the project team conducted a case study to document the various challenges and lessons learned in pursuing a community-scale clean energy system in a disadvantaged community. One of the challenges encountered during the project was that it took nearly eight months to receive community energy-usage data, which prevented the project team from being able to model the system design. As a result, the case study recommended that future teams submit their data requests early in the process. The case study also found that public schools could potentially serve as the location of onsite solar generation for the community since most residences may not have the ability to support rooftop PV.
This project developed a prototype plan, called the Encanto Social-Economic Education Development (EnSEED) that attempts to overcome the social, financial and physical barriers to deploying emerging clean energy technology solutions in disadvantaged communities. As part of this project, the project team piloted several digital and in-person outreach strategies to the community, designed to transform an existing disadvantaged community in Southeastern San Diego into a community of near-zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. This project sought close engagement with the local community, and developed a final system design of a community-scale DER deployment as well as an accompanying financing plan. The project also developed a permitting plan that documented the necessary permit processes and required government review and approvals for deploying community-scale DER developments.
Greater deployment of AECs will increase consumer familiarity and comfort with ZNE homes and communities, increasing the likelihood of consumers choosing to live in an AEC.
Streamlined planning and permitting, as well as new financial models will lower the time and capital costs associated with AEC developments. This will make AECs more affordable for both developers and consumers.
This project evaluated approaches to 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, San Diego
Center for Sustainable Energy
City of San Diego
TTG Environmental & Associates
Research Into Action
Turpin & Rattan Engineering, Inc.
CITYWORKS PEOPLE + PLACES, INC.
Blue Flame Energy Finance