As a project funder, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) celebrated the groundbreaking of a new all-electric affordable housing project, 1500 Capitola Road, located in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz, together with MidPen Housing and other supporting agencies. CCCE’s New Construction Electrification Program gave $142,500 to the project to support building more energy-efficient and healthier housing for low-income Californians. The program supports local housing developers with the transition from traditional fuel building design to all-electric buildings. All units in this new housing project will have electric ranges, electric heat pump water heaters, and electric space heating and cooling.
Check out this video that shows Casa Diablo-IV (CD4) construction progress and highlights the key role this landmark renewable energy project will play for CCCE and its customers as well as California’s grid. The renewable, binary geothermal project is in Mammoth Lakes, CA. It is expected to provide 30 MW of electricity. That is enough to power 22,000 homes and offset 160,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Construction is underway for an all-electric 66-unit apartment complex in the East Garrison subdivision in unincorporated Monterey County, not far from the City of Marina. CHISPA Housing will dedicate 43 apartments to families working in agriculture. The development will provide affordable housing for families under 60 percent Adjusted Median Income for Monterey County. This is the second all-electric CHISPA affordable housing project that Central Coast Community Energy has provided funding for through CCCE’s New Construction Electrification Program.
Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) has announced its partnership with the statewide Switch Is On campaign, part of a unified effort to help CCCE customers and all Californians make the switch from natural-gas-powered appliances and building infrastructure to all-electric solutions.
Transportation, buildings, and related energy use are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The Switch Is On campaign not only aims to educate and raise awareness about electrification, but to help California households and businesses save money and employ qualified contractors when converting from gas-powered to all-electric appliances. Additionally, Switch Is On invites interested contractors to register with its TECH program and gain access to significant contractor rebates, incentives, and workforce development and training resources.
One of the largest integrated solar and energy storage projects in California is now serving Central Coast Community Energy, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Stanford University, and the Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority. Canadian Solar’s fully-owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy developed the Slate solar plus storage project in Kings County. The 390 solar plus 561 MWh storage project is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 126,000 households in California. Of all the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) CCCE has signed, and among all the PPAs that are associated with new renewable energy projects, Slate is the first to reach commercial operation.