PROGRAMS FOR CITIES
Solar Advisors for West Hollywood
EcoMotion is the new Solar Adviser for the City of West Hollywood. West Hollywood partnered with Energy Sage to connect residents with an online solar marketplace for solar system installation options. While the Energy Sage online system provides comprehensive information for small, single family installations, EcoMotion is providing expertise to the most complex solar system types: Multifamily and Commercial buildings. With over eight years of experience as Solar Advisers to the City of Santa Monica, EcoMotion is applying their wealth of knowledge to help West Hollywood meet its solar power goals.
EcoMotion is helping building owners successfully navigate the research, decision-making, and installation of a solar power system for their building. EcoMotion does not have ties to any specific solar installation company and can therefore serve as the building owner’s representative to ensure their questions are answered and needs are met. Currently, EcoMotion is preparing a comprehensive catalog of technical, financial, and legal resources on solar system installation. As Multifamily and Commercial property owners begin the process of researching solar installations, EcoMotion will take a hands-on approach, conducting feasibility studies, outlining financial options, facilitating decision making, and compiling a complete Solar System Proposal that installers can use to create an accurate quote.
Multifamily properties provide unique challenges to installation of solar power systems. This is because of the number of stakeholders and the potential for split-incentives. The different tenants in a multifamily building may have different levels of interest in the installation of a solar power system on their building. To overcome this challenge, EcoMotion facilitates stakeholder meetings during which tenants can ask questions and have the entire solar system installation process clearly explained. Split-incentives occur when the tenants would like the benefits of installing solar power, while the owner would be responsible for the costs of the installation. These types of issues can be solved with payment options that distribute incentives. EcoMotion’s solar expertise is particularly important for helping stakeholders navigate these more complex circumstances.
For more information about Go Solar West Hollywood program, please visit GoSolarWestHollywood.org
Solar Santa Monica - Santa Monica, California
For the past eight years, EcoMotion has served as the project manager for Solar Santa Monica. There, EcoMotion has developed a comprehensive solar service that includes certified providers of solar installations and financing. EcoMotion currently manages dozens of efficiency and solar retrofits throughout the local community, offering workshops and advice for home and business owners on technologies, financing and payback. EcoMotion has advised hundreds of property owners, and managed solar projects for Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (9 elementary schools) and Santa Monica College.
“Grandma’s House” The Efficiency Make-Over City of San Bernardino, California
Some projects are rewarding, even magical in the ways that they come together, and they ways that they enhance our lives. Many projects that EcoMotion takes on are complete with challenges and potholes. But now and again, a project touches our staff in uniquely gratifying ways. That certainly is the case of Grandma’s House in San Bernardino. There, a wonderful woman by name Euphemia – but everyone calls her Grandma – manages a modest foster home. She sleeps in a bunkroom to this day with three other kids. Her house is home to 8 – 10 kids at a time, who do all their homework, and learn their manners and to aspire.
In bad repair, the home was a perfect spot for an efficiency makeover… one that ended up on several network TV stations for its unprecedented volunteerism and ingenuity. Now her bungalow-style house is much cooler, there’s plenty of hot water, and the power bill is very small.
EcoMotion’s former principal Russ Flanigan managed an “extreme efficiency makeover” in San Bernardino, providing a comprehensive retrofit for a foster home. The work involved dozens of volunteers, equipment donations, painting, windows, insulation, shade trees, evaporative coolers, and inefficient appliances. Installation of a tankless, on-demand water heater was not only a highly efficient retrofit, but allowed for “Grandma’s” children to shower sequentially without running out of hot water, greatly easing the morning, pre-school rush. Television coverage of the project and its ribbon-cutting reached 1.4 million viewers in the greater Los Angeles area. At the same time, Russ managed another make-over in Palm Desert involved Energy Star appliances, solar panels, and an “Ice Bear” off-peak cooling system.
FINANCING FOR CITIES
The Energy Independence Program, AB 811 - Palm Desert, California
EcoMotion was on the original AB 811 program design team in Palm Desert. Once the bill was signed as an urgency measure by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Palm Desert raced to roll out the first program nationally for what has become known as PACE. Working with the City and its leaders and lawyers, EcoMotion drafted the program guidelines, provided cash-flow analyses for prototypical measure retrofits, and provided comprehensive marketing and administrative support services for what the City called its Energy Independence Program. Through no-upfront cost, positive cash- flow retrofits – carefully managed for each interested citizen – the program demonstrated the potential for widespread energy, cost, and carbon savings. Its design and initial City seed funding of $5 million was approved unanimously by Council.
Sonoma County Energy Independence Program - Santa Rosa, California
Shortly after launching the AB 811 program in Palm Desert, EcoMotion took AB 811 north to Sonoma County. The County sought a “search and replacement strategy” for the Palm Desert guidelines, to use the same program design and name. EcoMotion’s job was to present the program – from concept to execution—and then to guide its rollout in Sonoma, buttressed with $100 million in funding thanks to shared investment between the Sonoma County Water Agency and the County Treasury pool. The design challenge was to create a zero net cost program for Sonoma County in two years. Within a year, Sonoma’s PACE program was the largest in America by an order of magnitude.
National PACE Solutions Conferences - Palm Desert, California
EcoMotion hosted two PACE Solutions conferences in partnership with the City of Palm Desert and the University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Campus in 2009 and 2010. The conferences were national in scope and attendance, attracting leaders in PACE from Berkeley to Boulder, Vermont to D.C. and beyond. For each conference, EcoMotion arranged speakers, venue, logistics, served as Master of Ceremonies, hosted socials, and facilitated plenary sessions.
Efficient Lighting Initiative International Finance Corporation - The Philippines
One of the most interesting implementation experiences tackled by EcoMotion’s Ted Flanigan was in the Philippines. His charge was to design and implement the Efficient Lighting Initiative there on behalf of the International Finance Corporation, a branch of The World Bank. “ELI” was being implemented in seven countries worldwide. IFC managers considered implementing the Philippines project to be a major challenge. Through a deliberate process involving local stakeholders and developing a local capability, the project was rolled out with fanfare and then success thanks to program design that involved utility performance incentive mechanisms – and a utility, business, and government partnership. In addition to upgrading standards, introducing performance contracting to the country, an exciting aspect of the project was using the country’s leading comedian – Michael V – as the people’s spokesman. This including shrink-wrapping Michael’s beloved face on buses in Manila!
GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORIES AND SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING
Green for Life in the Coachella Valley - Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and the Agua Caliente Tribe of Indians
In 2014, EcoMotion completed an 18-month, comprehensive climate action planning process for seven of its member jurisdictions within the Coachella Valley. For the cities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, our team prepared detailed greenhouse gas inventories. We then worked with city/tribal leaders and community members to present customized mitigation strategies. The planning process involved research and outreach to hundreds of organizations and local government employees and leaders. Ultimately, the inventories that clearly laid out each jurisdiction’s CO2e emissions, and their plans which provided roadmaps to achieve 1990 CO2e levels, were adopted by their respective councils.
Concurrently, EcoMotion completed seven Energy Action Plans (EAPs) for these cities. The plans present detailed information on energy usage and energy costs within each City. They also present the results of walk-through energy assessments of each municipal building performed by EcoMotion experts – including police and fire stations – with prioritized retrofit opportunities. The EAPs cover electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel use.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Sustainability Planning - Brea, California
In 2014, EcoMotion completed a greenhouse gas inventory and sustainability planning process for the City of Brea. The City is to be commended for having already taken many steps to mitigate its footprint. With this inventory and strategy, Brea took sustainability to the next level through community input and analysis of mitigation measures necessary to reach statewide carbon dioxide reduction goals. EcoMotion also helped Brea officials craft a Sustainability Plan in the form of the Sustainability Element for the City’s next General Plan update.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory - Indio, California
Indio is located in the in the Coachella Valley, 23 miles east of Palm Springs, and 98 miles north of Mexicali, Baja California on the U.S.-Mexican border. The word Indio is Spanish for Indian. Known as “the city of festivals,” each year Indio hosts major festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach.
In 2014, EcoMotion completed a greenhouse gas inventory for the City of Indio. Like several other Coachella Valley cities, its growth has made its climate action planning al the more important and challenging: Its census population grew from 49,116 in 2000 to 76,036 in 2010, an increase of 55%.
GHG Inventory and Sustainability Planning - City of Palm Desert, California
In 2010, EcoMotion completed a greenhouse gas inventory for the City of Palm Desert, California and an accompanying Sustainability Action Plan. The planning process involved interviews and group meetings with nearly 100 stakeholders to discuss areas of City interest including land use, water, transportation, material management, air quality, the built environment, and energy. EcoMotion’s municipal action decision-making tool used five selection parameters to rank mitigation measures, and the first 20 measures were unanimously accepted by City Council to get the process started.
Most challenging was the fact that the City’s emissions had doubled since 1990. So had its population, and more development was planned. EcoMotion worked with staff and Council there to recalibrate the Council’s prior goal of 7% below 1990 by 2020, and to extend the timeline from 2020 to 2030. Since the Plan was developed, Palm Desert spearheaded was is now PACE, and engaged with Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas in a program to reduce the City’s energy use by 30% across the board. With concentrated efforts, plus significant solar installations in Palm Desert, by 2013 the City’s footprint has already been trimmed by over 100,000 metric tons per year.
Urban CO2 Reduction Project - Toronto, Ontario
The earliest greenhouse gas inventories were developed in the early 1990s by the Urban CO2 Reduction Project. Ted Flanigan served as a consultant to the Urban Carbon Dioxide Project in the early 1990s. The project was managed by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives in Toronto, a spin-off of United Nations activity. In that capacity, he and other consultants travelled to and worked with European and North American cities to develop greenhouse gas inventories and then plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Data on current and projected energy consumption was gathered – for cities from Copenhagen, Denmark and to Portland, Oregon – and then analyzed. Then sector-by-sector approaches were recommended to cut CO2 emissions. Concurrently, the project was cultivating stakeholder and political support such that plans became policies, and targets went live.
UTILITY PROGRAMS FOR CITIES
The 30:30 Partnership Program - Palm Desert, California
For the City of Palm Desert, and in collaboration with Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas, EcoMotion developed a potent program design for the City’s 30:30 program, a project fostered by the mayor and city manager, and later named “Set to Save.” EcoMotion provided baseline values, analyzed current uptake levels of utility and state programs, and presented specific approaches to achieve the project’s goals. The planning effort involved extensive utility and energy data analysis, as well as a thorough evaluation of the current and planned building stock – including 11 housing types, municipal facilities, 24 major hotels, and 17 resorts. Specific and cross-cutting programs were developed to address each market segment and end-use to achieve the stated goals.
Solar System Performance Verification Burbank Water and Power - Burbank, California
For Burbank Water and Power, EcoMotion provides technical support for the Solar Support Rebate Program. In this capacity, the EcoMotion solar team verifies solar installations – including numbers and types of panels and inverters – and confirms solar potential for newly constructed installations. EcoMotion worked with BWP to develop reporting procedures and requirements. EcoMotion also provided key account energy services in Burbank, working with major studios and industries as well as governmental accounts including the Bob Hope Airport. In 2012, EcoMotion was selected by Anaheim Public Utilities to perform similar solar system verification services.
High Sierra Energy Efficiency - Mammoth Lakes, California
For several years EcoMotion provided strategic guidance on developing a community outreach effort in the City of Mammoth Lakes spearheaded by the High Sierra Energy Foundation. Ted Flanigan was instrumental in helping the Foundation frame and secure a Southern California Edison Partnership that funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into the community, to save many times more through increased comfort and energy efficiency. EcoMotion’s principals lectured for three sequential years at the Energy Summit there, and continue to support the innovative partnership that melds community education and action on energy efficiency and geothermal energy.
Halogen Torchiere Trade-In Programs - Irvine, Santa Monica, Corona Brea, Palm Desert, and Moreno Valley
EcoMotion’s principals are credited with having designed and run some of the nation’s largest replacement programs. In collaboration with the cities of Irvine, Santa Monica, Moreno Valley, and Corono, our team managed hundreds of volunteers, coordinated with police and fire departments, and the news, and successfully ran some of California’s largest halogen torchiere trade-in programs. Truckloads of products were distributed, dumpsters of inefficient produce was removed.
In each case, halogen torchieres were collected and recycled and replaced with efficient and safe compact fluorescent counterparts. In each case, 250 watts of lighting energy were replaced with 60 watts, cutting power and air conditioning requirements. At Irvine City Hall, EcoMotion’s principals managed a trade-in event with eight lanes of traffic and thousands of participants claiming the payloads of several tractor-trailer trucks full of efficient product. In most cases, fire departments were on hand to support the replacement of dangerous halogen torchieres, lamps that have a sorry history of house fires in America.
EcoMotion has also distributed other efficient products, from lamps to desktop and standing fans, showerheads, and more. In Cathedral City, known for its oppressive high summer temperatures, we distributed window fans using a City Public Works flatbed, a highly popular event.