eLab Accelerator 2016
Power the Tower
Transform Fresno’s Tower District into a leading clean energy hub and thriving business corridor
Esmeralda Soria, Fresno City Councilmember;
Fayzul Pasha, Fresno State Professor of Engineering;
Jorge Madrid, EDF;
Darren Deffner, PG&E
This project will advance a strategic opportunity to transform Fresno’s Tower District into a smart and connected clean energy business corridor – serving as a model for distributed clean energy solutions throughout the region and the state. This opportunity will align Distributed Energy Resources (DER) planning with a community vision from local elected officials, district residents, and small business owners, along with EDF’s unique technical and policy expertise.
Progress Made to Date (pre-Accelerator)
Launched a partnership with Fresno city councilmember Esmeralda Soria, Fresno State University, and small business owners in the Tower District to analyze energy needs and user data.
The Fresno team left eLab with key partnerships, a clear plan for creating a steering committee and a technical advisory group, and an ambitious time-frame for short terms wins that would build momentum for longer term transformation of the Tower District. The team re calibrated it's strategy and re-imagined the overall objective of the project: to power local economic development with clean energy and smart technology. With this new framing of the objective and a clearly defined strategy, the project will move forward with renewed energy and commitment from key partners and stakeholders.