The California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice) has partnered with TerraVerde Energy to bring an innovative solar and battery program to its member cities: the Town of Apple Valley, the City of Baldwin Park, the City of Lancaster, the City of Pico Rivera, the City of Pomona, the City of Rancho Mirage, the City of San Jacinto and the City of Santa Barbara.
“CalChoice’s partnership with TerraVerde is a significant milestone in our efforts to bring distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and battery storage systems to our member communities,” said CalChoice Executive Director Jason Caudle. “TerraVerde’s knowledge and experience is unmatched when it comes to designing DER programs for CCAs. We are proud to have them as a partner.”
The program’s primary focus will be to deliver dispatchable systems to large commercial and industrial customers, local government agencies offering critical resiliency and/or emergency services, small and medium commercial customers and net energy metering customers. Secondarily, the program will focus on offering energy storage programming to residential customers.
CalChoice’s goal through the strategic deployment of battery storage systems is to increase local energy reliability and resiliency. The program will also support associate members in their ongoing efforts to provide customers an affordable portfolio of clean energy options.
CalChoice selected TerraVerde through a competitive process that sought qualified firms to submit proposals for customer programs that could increase local resiliency, enhance CalChoice’s load management and decarbonization strategies, while supporting statewide efforts to improve overall grid health.
“TerraVerde Energy is thrilled to partner with CalChoice and each of their Member CCAs on the Distributed PPA Program,” said David Burdick, Executive Vice President of TerraVerde Energy. “Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as solar PV and battery energy storage systems play a vital role in driving toward the future of cleaner, cheaper, more reliable electricity. And this Distributed PPA Program is a massive step in the direction of unlocking the value of these technologies through an innovative partnership between Community Choice Energy Agencies and their customers.”
TerraVerde is an independent consulting firm that supports CCAs and other public agencies with developing energy projects and programs. Over the past 12 years, they have developed over $500 million worth of energy projects on behalf of their clients, including more than 150 megawatts of distributed solar & battery systems.
In the coming months, TerraVerde & CalChoice will be working together with each CalChoice member city to engage customers and develop projects. To learn more about the program, please contact CalChoice Energy Programs Manager Kathy Wells at Kathy@CalChoice.org.
CalChoice is a California Joint Powers Authority (“JPA”) that provides Community Choice Aggregation (“CCA”) support services, which include energy portfolio management, power procurement and trading, settlements and invoice validations, regulatory compliance, regulatory advocacy, financial and accounting, and rate-setting support functions. Furthermore, CalChoice provides a turn-key CCA offering to other city-specific CCA programs. Learn More at californiachoiceenergyauthority.com
About TerraVerde Energy
TerraVerde is a leading independent energy consulting firm that supports Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in designing and deploying Distributed Energy Resource programs that leverage energy technologies such as solar PV, battery energy storage, electric vehicle chargers, and smart thermostats. Through these programs, CCAs and their customers can enjoy benefits including reduced energy costs, increased power reliability and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. TerraVerde provides data-driven program design, effective program development, and efficient program administration services that deliver the strongest outcomes for CCAs and their customers. Learn more at terraverde.energy/cca