Clean Energy Technology RFI - LACI Community Benefits Pilots
RESPONSES DUE: September 9, 2022
GOAL OF RFI
The goal of this RFI is to reach clean energy companies focused on building decarbonization and electrification retrofits, including new and innovative hardware and software that could be employed in 2023 via LACI Community Benefit Pilots. LACI seeks to identify key resources for building decarbonization that will help the City and County reach their climate goals, such as those outlined in the LA 100 Study.
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)’s mission is to create an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets, and enhancing community. Founded by the City of Los Angeles and LADWP in 2011, LACI was originally formed as a nonprofit regional economic development initiative. The organization utilizes a unique and integrated approach pursuing our mission by supporting underrepresented founders of cleantech startups and local small businesses, developing market signals and pilots needed to accelerate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and ensuring the green economy benefits disadvantaged communities through workforce training and community pilots.
In the past two years, the LACI has launched four Community Benefit Pilots focused on zero emission mobility within the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles. The path to a zero emissions future includes addressing community needs as well as key technology, business model, and educational challenges. To that end, these pilot projects were deployed in partnership with and within disadvantaged communities (DACs), as defined by SB 535. Lessons from these pilots have informed new projects and policy recommendations.
Building off of the success of these pilots, with support from Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and Senator Maria Elena Durazo, LACI has secured additional state funding to launch a new cohort of zero emission transportation, energy-transportation nexus, and clean energy pilots focused in disadvantaged communities. In early 2022 LACI released a Community RFI for Clean Energy and Clean Transportation pilots, which resulted in three community partnerships. This RFI is intended to reach clean energy companies focused on building decarbonization and electrification retrofits that can supply hardware and software ready to deploy in a LACI Clean Energy Pilot. To advance building decarbonization, opportunities lie in all-electric heating, cooling and appliances, and in bundling solutions for distributed energy resources (DERs) to improve deployment speed, reliability, affordability, and accessibility.
Intended outcomes for LACI Community Benefit Pilots focused on clean energy include:
Decarbonization for existing single and/or multi-family buildings
Reducing energy burden in DACs
Improving grid resilience
Local economic and workforce development
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
Improved air quality and health (indoor and outdoor)
SCOPE OF INTEREST
LACI is seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the clean energy landscape available for LACI Community Benefits Pilots. This pilot will seek to address one or more of the following clean energy sector gaps that LACI and partners have identified: Diverse and sustainable energy storage systems, flexible load technologies, wildfire resilience for residential buildings, building decarbonization and vehicle to building (V2B) & vehicle to grid (V2G) technologies. Funding for the pilots ranges between $100k - 250k.
Gaps within those sectors present an opportunity to pilot various technologies. Known technologies that LACI is looking to pilot and help scale include:
Turn-key energy management solutions for small to medium sized buildings
Whole-home energy management system
Heat Pumps for heating and cooling (Air Source Heat Pumps including VRF, Heat Pump Water Heaters, Ground Source Heat Pumps, etc.)
Virtual Power Plants.
Transactive energy system
Solar + storage design for residential EV chargers
Solar + storage for building electrification
Energy storage systems
Vehicle to building bidirectional chargers
Indoor air quality monitoring
Key questions to consider when responding to this RFI include:
How might we electrify and decarbonize a building (single-family home or multifamily housing) while maintaining affordability?
What kinds of clean energy technology (both hardware and software) can be combined for maximum, affordable impact?
What is your innovative solution to solve one or multiple key obstacles towards residential or small business retrofits for beneficial electrification?
How can residents in underserved communities be empowered to take control of their energy consumption and take advantage of energy management solutions?
How can we retrofit existing buildings while also reducing our reliance on fossil gas on the electric system?
How can grid reliability be effectively tested in a pilot?
How might beneficial electrification impact the health of a neighborhood?
Priorities for LACI in this space include creating a virtual power plant in a residential area, supporting business models that enable distributed energy resources in Los Angeles County, and reducing energy burden within DACs, as defined by SB 535. LACI also seeks to understand how health and safety can be improved and how various clean energy technologies can be scaled across the county for buildings of various physical characteristics.
WHO SHOULD RESPOND TO RFI
Respondents should have a creative solution to Building Decarbonization (i.e Beneficial Electrification); manufacturers, distributors, service providers and procurement companies are encouraged to apply. All submissions must be submitted here by September 9, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.
1.0 The provider should propose validated technology solutions that are ready to deploy in multiple residential homes.
1.0 Project Case Study of proposed solution should be provided. Specification sheets for proposed technology could be provided instead of a case study.
Community Needs Overview
1.0 The provider should be acquainted with the obstacles to a project in a disadvantaged community, as defined by SB 535, such as deferred maintenance in an affordable housing residence, and understand that the purpose of a LACI Community Benefits Pilot is for innovation of the market and promoting greater community access to clean energy and healthy living.
LACI and the community partners will evaluate the proposals after the close date. It is expected that your application will be shared with appropriate community partners selected in the previous community RFI. The project team may reach out during or after this RFI submission period to ask clarifying questions or solicit additional information. We may also reach out to ask whether we can share your submission with other entities. The evaluation is scored across five proposal elements, which are detailed below.
RFI EVALUATION CRITERIA
Community Needs Match
(20 Points) Proposal demonstrates understanding of community needs and how the project will serve the community, including continued community engagement / partnership strategy.
(10 Points) Proposal demonstrates prior experience working in a disadvantaged community (DAC) community as defined by SB 535 and/or has outlined steps towards working effectively with a DAC and community-based environmental justice partners.
(15 Points) Deployment can be delivered by early 2023 or the applicant has clearly articulated the critical path to launch.
Partnership Potential (De-risked Deployment)
(5 Points) Identification of partners and other relevant parties that would contribute to project success. With low risk potential for the DAC.
(15 Points) Budget is clear and the applicant commits to match funding / or in-kind support.
*Timelines are subject to change at LACI’s sole discretion.
Clean Energy Technology RFI Public Release
RFI Question Submission Period Close
Clean Energy Technology RFI Close
Applications Screening Period
Sept 12th - 16th
Sept 19th - 30th
Technology Provider Selection
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