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CLIMATE CHANGE

Joint Venture works closely with the highest levels of both the public and private sector to help Silicon Valley develop and manage our region's response to climate change.

We collaborate with regional government agencies, municipalities, supervisors, mayors, city councils, nonprofit organizations and community groups on a variety of projects to enhance sustainability.

Our public sector efforts focus on sustainability efforts in publicly owned buildings. On the private sector side, in 2009 Joint Venture created its Greenprint for Silicon Valley, a comprehensive strategy for leveraging innovations in clean technology to reduce greenhouse gases and make our region more sustainable while growing our economy at the same time.

Joint Venture’s climate initiatives consist of two distinct programs:

Public Sector: Climate Task Force

Since 2007, Joint Venture has convened representatives from many of the public agencies in Silicon Valley through the Public Sector Climate Task Force to develop strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from public agency operations. The program focuses on inventories of greenhouse gas emissions from publicly owned buildings, setting goals for emissions reductions, and the creation of climate action plans. Through the Task Force, members share best practices related to their sustainability efforts, success stories and challenges, and embark on collaborative projects to achieve environmental goals.  Collaborative projects often include purchasing pools for green products and services, such as emissions inventories, tools, and renewable power.

Private Sector: Climate Prosperity Council

The Silicon Valley Climate Prosperity Council brings together businesses, executives and other private sector stakeholders from throughout our region and across multiple sectors to address climate change while growing our local economy. The Climate Prosperity Initiative focuses on four areas based on the California Global Warming Solutions Act and the opportunity to leverage local resources: renewable energy, building efficiency, clean, convenient transportation and green infrastructure. The initiative is guided by our Greenprint, and provides coordination among new and existing economic development and environmental initiatives.

Quarterly Status Meeting

CPC/SEEDZ Quarterly Status Meeting

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
1:00 – 3:30 pm

 

Quarterly Status Meeting

CPC/SEEDZ Quarterly Status Meeting

Friday, September 12, 2014
1:00 – 3:30 pm

Materials for Downloading

Meeting Presentation Slides

 

Workshop

Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy in Silicon Valley (CASE-SV)

Workshop 3: Commercial Solar Project Contracting and Procurement

Thursday, October 30, 2014
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: webinar

Materials for Downloading

Presentation slides

Audio recording

Featured Speakers

This webinar will feature Donald Simon, an attorney and partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black, & Dean, the first law firm to be certified a green business. He co-founded the firm’s Green Business Practice Group, and serves as general counsel to California Solar Energy Industry Association, Build It Green, Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Efficiency First. Donald will discuss his experience advising business clients in the Bay Area on renewable energy contracts and related business issues.

This will be followed by an instruction by Ben Foster, Senior VP at Optony, on how to navigate the procurement process, including solar vendor proposal evaluation and contract term negotiation. Ben has extensive experience developing and releasing Requests for Proposals for leading organizations, and negotiating contracts to maximize the financial and energy savings from commercial-scale solar projects.

CASE-SV Initiative

Supported in part by the US Department of Energy, CASE-SV provides no cost, independent support to qualifying energy customers for solar site assessments, education on technical and financing options, streamlined procurement and contractual processes, and opportunities for public recognition. Following the webinar, the CASE-SV team will follow up with registrants to provide individual consultation.

   

Workshop

Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy in Silicon Valley (CASE-SV)

Workshop 2: Economics and Financing for Commercial/Industrial Solar Projects

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: webinar

Materials for Downloading

Presentation slides

Audio recording

Details

This second webinar in the CASE-SV series, hosted by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Optony, will provide commercial facilities and project managers with up-to-date, locally-relevant information for:

  • Assessing the economic opportunity of installing on-site solar power
  • Understanding solar project financing options and trade-offs: Direct purchase vs. power purchase agreements (PPAs), equipment leases, and debt financing
  • Making the “business case” to your Finance Department and Executive Management


Featured Speakers

Ben Foster, Senior VP at Optony, will explain the important factors for determining the value of commercial solar projects, including financing structures and incentives.

Ben manages the services division at Optony to ensure that clients are presented with solar solutions that meet their specific needs and ultimately receive the full benefits from their investments. He has 20 years of experience in evaluating and implementing complex service-related projects to deliver maximum returns.

Also, Skyler Webster, VP-Commercial Relationships Manager at New Resources Bank, will present a local case study on financing commercial solar projects, and the approach they have taken.

CASE-SV Initiative

Supported in part by the US Department of Energy, CASE-SV provides no cost, independent support to qualifying energy customers for solar site assessments, education on technical and financing options, streamlined procurement and contractual processes, and opportunities for public recognition. Following the webinar, the CASE-SV team will follow up with registrants to provide individual consultation.

Agenda

2:00 pm

Welcome and CASE-SV Overview

Eileen Hays and Ben Foster, Optony

Don Bray, Joint Venture Silicon Valley SEEDZ

2:05 pm

Economics and Financing for Commercial/Industrial Solar Projects

Ben Foster, Senior Vice-President for Optony

2:25 pm

Case Study Presentation

Skyler Webster, VP-Commercial Relationships Manager at New Resources Bank

2:45 pm

Q&A


 

Workshop

Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy in Silicon Valley (CASE-SV)

Workshop 1

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Webinar

Materials for Downloading

Webinar recording

Presentation slides

Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy for Silicon Valley (CASE-SV)

The Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy for Silicon Valley (CASE-SV) program is a new regional initiative to advance the use of solar energy at commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities in the Silicon Valley area. It is a joint effort of Joint Venture’s SEEDZ Initiative and Optony, supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. CASE-SV provides free, objective support to qualifying C&I energy customers for solar site assessments, education on technical and financing options, streamlined procurement and contractual processes, and opportunities for public recognition.

The first in a series CASE-SV workshops was held as a webinar on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, focused on key technical considerations for installation of commercial solar. This webinar, led by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Optony, provided facilities managers and energy professionals with current, locally-relevant technical information on solar energy generation potential, solar project costs, and recent regulatory developments.

Webinar speakers included Kaiser Permanente’s Chief Energy Officer, Ramé Hemstreet, who described Kaiser’s recent experience installing more than 13 MW of commercial solar PV across their building portfolio. Also, Jonathan Whelan, Sr. Project Manager at Optony, presented an overview of current PV system technologies that are best suited for various types of facilities, and the latest trends in technical design, project management, commissioning, operations and maintenance.

Agenda

2:00 pm

Welcome and CASE-SV Overview

Ben Foster, Senior Vice-President for Optony


2:05 pm

Case Study: Kaiser Permanente’s 50MW+ solar project

Featured Speaker: Ramé Hemstreet, Chief Energy Officer for Kaiser Permanente

2:25 pm

Commercial Solar Technical Considerations Presentation

Technical Expert: Jonathan Whelan, Senior Project Manager for Optony

2:45 pm

Q&A


   

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Joint Venture's Response To Climate Change

Joint Venture is actively involved in Silicon Valley's regional response to climate change. We are engaged with dozens of regional and local public and private agencies, municipalities, businesses and other stakeholders in programs and activities designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy and improve the quality of life for all.

Climate Prosperity Documents



A Greenprint for Silicon Valley (pdf)

Press release announcing the launch of the Climate Prosperity Initiative