New Initiatives

 

CARPORT SOLAR PROJECT at Louise Perez Resource Center  

Community Resource Project announces its collaboration with P4P Energy, a solar suspension technology company offering the solar market new, cost-effective and attractive panel-suspension solutions to build a solar parking canopy at the Louise Perez Resource Center location at 3821 41st Avenue in South Sacramento in the near future. P4P Energy announced that it was selected to receive a $1,000,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

The SunShot award enables P4P to refine its design, manufacturing and assembly processes to reduce solar parking canopy costs that will substantially accelerate the over-parking solar market in the US and create a world-leading technology.

P4P Energy plans for Community Resource Project

P4P Energy logoP4P Energy plans for Community Resource Project, with a 45 -year history, offering energy savings programs and Solar PV experience to construct a solar parking canopy at the Louise Perez Resource Center in Sacramento and with support from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). CRP plans to incorporate a workforce development component to provide training and experience in constructing this new technology to people living within the disadvantaged communities of South Sacramento.

“The SunShot grant and the opportunity to work with leading community groups, like CRP,  in Sacramento allow P4P to innovate and demonstrate technology at a community level that is capable of being deployed at very large scale,” says P4P CEO Peter Stricker. “That’s a win for everybody.”

About the SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.

North Franklin Solar Project

Community Resource Project, Inc. seeks to venture into the renewable energy arena, which in turn, provides some practical solutions to socio-economic problems in Sacramento’s disadvantaged communities (DAC) that address public health concerns, reduce the carbon footprint in the DACs, and interrupt the long-standing patterns and cyclical nature of poverty. The purpose of the North Franklin Community Energy Project is to develop a replicable model that can help address patterns of poverty using energy efficiency and renewable energy as a foundation for initiating neighborhood-focused economic development that reaches and revitalizes disadvantaged neighborhoods.   CRP will integrate existing energy efficiency programs with community solar energy to bring a unique mode of intervention that targets a host of social determinants known to impact public health.

Our renewable energy pilot can address the following:

  • Provide access to affordable renewable energy for residential and small business energy users in disadvantaged communities (DAC).  Franklin residents can access the benefits of solar energy without the barriers of property ownership, property conditions, or access to financial resources.
  • Contribute to regional goals of reducing GHG through renewable energy.  The pilot project will result in the annual sequestering of 6.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide and the reduction in usage of 3.6 million gallons of water.  The reduction in water use is the result of replacing water-cooled gas-fired power generation with solar generation, which uses no water. The project will also produce emission reductions in Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX), Particulate Matter (PM10) and Volatile Compounds (VOC).  Research shows that reductions in these pollutants have a significant impact on Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY), a measurement of disease burden.
  • Provide neighborhood-focused education and employment pathways in energy industry.  A key component of the community solar project is a training program in commercial solar systems. It will provide hands-on training at the project site, CRP will develop a local workforce of solar installers able to work on commercial-scale solar projects. 
  • Provide a practical solution for reducing the utility company’s burden of utility bill subsidies by leveraging CRP Low Income Weatherization Program with community solar for low-income energy users.
  • Provide renewable energy for use near the site of production.  Renewable energy produced near the site of use and distribution can reduce transmission costs and grid traffic, which supports utility demand response strategies, especially at peak hours.
  • Provide a financial mechanism to fund neighborhood-based infrastructure.  Neighborhood-oriented EV public transit will reduce vehicle miles traveled connecting residents to local services. This will mitigate the unmet transit needs in a disadvantaged neighborhood and support the neighborhood’s business core as well as the local job base.
  • Provides a replicable model for implementing state-level climate readiness objectives at the neighborhood scale. The project is restorative and regenerative by design and demonstrates real and practical applications of sustainable community strategies in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

This presents CRP with alternative method for expanding its services and program and sustaining them on a long term basis.