The project kicked off in June 2022 and the team immediately began holding detailed project meetings. The design consists of two all-electric, energy efficient, mid-rise buildings (three and four floors each), with a total of 123 affordable housing family units. The team worked with their community team partners - University of Davis Center for Regional Change and California Coalition Rural Housing - to garner input on a baseline for the level of understanding that Yolo County residents have for potential energy efficiency and other green features that were considered in the planning and design work. Community input was received from nearby residents through surveys, interviews and planned focus groups.
In 2023, the team held a technical advisory committee meeting in January to discuss and receive feedback on the concept design preview, technology suite partners and integration overview, load profile generator modeling tool, and draft performance metrics. Additionally, the team began energy modeling and developed a Load Profile Generator Modeling Tool. However, the team encountered challenges with the software because the most recent CBECC 2022 update forces all multi-family housing modeling to be done in the commercial version. This required the team to build new models in a modeling platform that uses a wholly different simulation engine. ConSol is adapting by pursuing usage of the EnergyPro software to accurately model the two planned multifamily buildings. Another challenge is the CPUC’s recent Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 decisions that will have direct and as-yet unknown impact on the energy economics of the community. This topic will continue to be monitored and evaluated during this design phase.
The project recipient will develop an all electric, mixed-use, one hundred percent affordable housing development in the City of Woodland. The project will incorporate innovative energy efficiency measures, clean energy technologies, and provide shared electric transportation to create an environmentally-friendly neighborhood for residents. The development will be located within the planned Woodland Research & Technology Park (WRTP) community and will feature access to public transit as well as surrounding retail shops, parks, pedestrian walkways, bikeways, and local universities. Finally, residents of the development will have access to local employment training and workforce development opportunities.
The project supports developers in making more informed choices, lowering the possibility of unexpected costs during construction. Additionally, if built-out it could lower costs with energy efficiency measures, onsite renewable energy and storage technologies that will help offset the building owner and tenant energy bills.
The project will help increase greater electricity reliability by providing reductions in daily peak demand through on-site renewable energy coupled with energy storage. Additionally, microgrid control technologies will provide power for Tier 1 critical loads during power shutoff events.
This all-electric, mixed-use affordable housing development concept is designed to be 100 percent affordable to qualified low-income renters in a new development in Woodland. Furthermore, the development will offer walking distance to shopping, schools, and jobs, as well as public transportation and shared-electronic vehicles.
Key Project Members
Nuvve Holding Corp.
Envoy Technologies, Inc.
Swell Energy Inc.
UC Davis Center for Regional Change
California Coalition for Rural Housing
The Hodgson Company
Bardis & Miry Development, LLC
BSB Design, Inc.
Community Energy Labs, Inc.
Community Energy Labs, Inc.