Renewable-Based Energy Secure Communities

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.

Alameda County

The Santa Rita Jail Smart Grid RESCO project in Alameda County, California, is combining 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. The 3-year, $1.9 million project is expected to be completed in August 2012. Learn more on the  Cal-IRES Web site.

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. The 3-year, $197,000 project is planned for completion in April 2012. Learn more on the Cal-IRES Web site.

Humboldt County

The Humboldt County, California, RESCO project is assessing 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 will be developed that includes guidance on implementing near-term pilot projects. The 2-year, nearly $200,000 project is expected to be completed in October 2011. Learn more on the Redwood Coast Energy Authority Web site.

Merced County

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. The 3-year, $1 million project is planned for completion in 2012. Learn more on the Cal-IRES Web site.

San Luis Obispo County

Through the RESCO project, San Luis Obispo County, California, is developing a locally based vision for a clean and secure energy future. The project involves creating a model to help communities within the county implement renewable energy technologies and identifying potential pilot projects. Results will be shared with local government officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders. The 2-year, $198,000 project is expected to be completed in 2011. Learn more on the Cal-IRES Web site.

Sonoma County

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. The 3-year, $1 million project is planned for completion in 2012. Learn more on the Sonoma County RESCO project Web site.

For additional information on RESCO and other community-wide renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, visit the California Integrated Renewable Energy Systems Program Web site.