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Pathway to Zero Program

SoCalREN Pathway to Zero

Pathway to Zero was created to maximize energy efficiency opportunities while driving the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). The program supports public agencies on a path towards zero net energy (ZNE), which means producing all the energy needed on-site.

The program provides a customized high-level review of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) options, giving you the information you need to get started choosing the DERs that are right for your facility. SoCalREN can also offer project management support throughout your project, including support with incentive applications, assessing and applying for financing support, and obtaining the technical assistance you need to complete your project.

Benefits

  • SoCalREN offers third-party unbiased support and has no financial stake in your decision. We aim only to support energy efficiency adoption and to guide agencies towards zero net energy.
  • Pathway to Zero complements SoCalREN’s energy efficiency programs, allowing you to see all energy opportunities at your agency’s facility/facilities.
  • A SoCalREN Project Manager will help guide you through your selected DER project. We don’t just give agencies a plan—we help make it happen!
  • Energy efficiency and DER upgrades can reduce energy bills to free up public resources for other services and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to improve air quality and the environment.
  • Like all of SoCalREN’s services for public agencies, Pathway to Zero is offered at no cost to public agencies.

LACI Partnership

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The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) on the Pathway to Zero Program!

LACI aims to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, transform markets through partnerships with market leaders in energy and sustainable cities, and enhance communities through workforce development, pilots and other programs. A partnership is a natural way to amplify both SoCalREN’s and LACI’s impact in the community!

LACI and SoCalREN are working together to bring benefits to public agencies serving disadvantaged communities. Benefits include:

  • Expanded Pathway to Zero resources, including up-and-coming clean energy technologies
  • Technology pilot programs, and the resources, structure, and expertise needed for site hosts.
  • Opportunities to join the Transportation Electrification Partnership, where agencies can meet with key public and private organizations in hands-on collaborations aimed at achieving zero emissions transportation and goods movement in the LA region by 2028. 
  • Opportunities for underserved communities to participate in workforce development and STEM learning programs.
  • Third-party unbiased support from SoCalREN, who has no financial stake in your energy decisions, and LACI, who has a portfolio of startup technologies that may support your needs. 
  • Like all of SoCalREN’s services for public agencies, Pathway to Zero is offered at no cost to public agencies.

Contact us at info@socalren.org to learn more about the Pathway to Zero Program partnership with LACI.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pathway to Zero?

Pathway to Zero is offered as an add-on to SoCalREN’s energy efficiency services. It goes beyond analysis of energy opportunities at agency facilities to include energy efficiency and a customized high-level review of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) and other sustainability options, giving agencies the information they need to get started choosing the DERs that are right for their facilities. Through this program, SoCalREN can also offer project management support for DER projects, including support with incentive applications, assessing and applying for financing support, and obtaining the technical assistance agencies need to complete projects.

 

Can a facility that is not receiving a project proposal from the SoCalREN’s Energy Efficiency Project Delivery Program or Metered Savings Program receive services from Pathway to Zero?

Pathway to Zero is offered as an add-on to SoCalREN’s energy efficiency project delivery services. As such, services from Pathway to Zero are provided only for facilities pursuing energy efficiency projects through the Project Delivery Program or Metered Savings Program.

 

Does our facility have to be in a disadvantaged community to receive support from Pathway to Zero?

Yes. At this time, facilities serving disadvantaged communities will be prioritized for Pathway to Zero services. Some communities in California are disproportionately burdened by, and vulnerable to, multiple sources of pollution. We use the term “disadvantaged community” to refer to these communities, and we identify them using CalEnviroScreen 3.0, a screening tool developed for CalEPA that incorporates a number of indicators based on geographic, socioeconomic, public health, and environmental hazard criteria.

 

What services does Pathway to Zero provide?

Pathway to Zero provides a comprehensive analysis of energy opportunities at agency facilities, including energy efficiency and a customized high-level review of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) options, giving agencies the information they need to get started choosing the DERs that are right for their facilities. Through this program, SoCalREN can also offer project management support for DER projects, including support with incentive applications, assessing and applying for financing support, and obtaining the technical assistance agencies need to complete projects.

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