The West Village Project at the University of California, Davis, is one of the first large scale communities to be Zero Net Energy entirely through energy efficiency and on-site generation. The UC Davis team tested and demonstrated existing and new storage technologies for smaller systems in community-wide applications. The team also research and demonstrated the integration of an Advanced Metering Infratructure (AMI) with photovoltaic (PV) and distributed generation (DG) and tested and demonstrated hybrid solar (PV/Thermal). The West Village Project also evaluated several business models for deploying community distributed solar and documented the most promising ones. Lastly, the team demonstrated and assessed virtual net metering approaches, energy storage to mitigate the impacts of high penetration PV deployment, and the use of solar resource forecasting to optimize storage charging and dispatch.
A portion of this research builds on the California Energy Commission's Renewable Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) Project. Under this project, UCD refined the performance metrics being developed under RESCO.