California develops state’s largest zero net energy community


The California Energy Commission Electric Programme Investment Charge is providing a grant for the development of the state’s largest grid-connected zero net energy community.

The zero net energy (ZNE) community is sited in Clovis and comprises 58 smart homes able to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year.

Project partners include De Young Properties, energy consulting firm ConSol and administrator California Homebuilding Foundation.

Over the next few years, De Young Properties and ConSol will monitor energy usage and solar production, among other performance attributes, of the RidgeView homes.

Data collected from the De Young RidgeView community will be used in the development of zero net energy building policies, software and standards.

California has plans to have all homes ZNE to reduce consumer energy bills and carbon footprint.

“To reach California’s ambitious climate and energy goals, we must push past status quo thinking to get the most out of each construction investment,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency and buildings.

“Although California has made tremendous progress toward broader adoption of highly efficient and ZNE homebuilding practices, we’re still not all the way there. The best way to reach the State’s goal for all new homes to be ZNE is through the deployment of full-scale ZNE subdivisions like RidgeView. By getting these technologies out of the lab and working harmoniously in the field, we’ll finally be able to understand and begin to overcome the remaining barriers to large-scale adoption of ZNE and low-carbon building,” said Garth Torvestad, senior technical consultant at ConSol.