Call for Energy Innovators Provides Exclusive Opportunity for Startups

dsc_0027As a nonprofit urbantech innovation hub working to advance solutions for sustainable, smart cities, ProspectSV works with startups, government, corporations and academia to accelerate innovations in transportation, energy and the built environment. With two, $3M grants from the California Energy Commission, we are working with an impressive set of partners to retrofit a Whole Foods Market and a historic, mixed-use building to Zero Net Energy (ZNE). These projects are bringing all of our partners together in an effort to achieve ZNE and transform these industries.

The MarketZero project will convert a Whole Foods Market to ZNE (or near-ZNE) and showcase advanced strategies in energy efficiency. The project will serve as a case study and demonstration for next generation grocery stores throughout California. The InnovateNetZero project will retrofit a historic building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, which houses 91 low-income residents and is owned and operated by the Chinatown Community Development Center.

These exciting projects will provide benefits to the state, economy and startups who will help us discover new technologies the can shape the way we use and operate buildings in the future.

  • Benefits to the State: These projects will demonstrate the methods and market viability of California’s aggressive ZNE building goals – 50% of existing buildings by 2030. In both of these projects, we are targeting building types and sectors that typically have not been targeted by the ZNE design community.
  • Benefits to Economy: We are seeking to be a model for future projects in these sectors, and are specifically looking for solutions that will work at scale for future multi-unit retrofits or other grocery stores.
  • Benefits to Startups: This is an incredibly unique opportunity, not only is this a highly-visible project, but new technologies submitted will have an opportunity to gain multi-stakeholder feedback from our teams of designers, engineers and building operators.

Project partners for the MarketZero project include Whole Foods Market, Arup, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and SF Environment. Partners for InnovateNetZero are Chinatown Community Development Center, RMW architects and interiors, Integral Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the SF 2030 District. Interested startup applicants should respond to the Request for Information (RFI). Deadline for submission is September 30, 2016.