By: Ali Chehrehsaz

What schools in California are doing to maximize savings from DSA mandated solar

New IR N-3: Energy Code Requirements for Photovoltaic Battery Systems

DSA IR N-3 requires solar additions for new school and campus expansion projects. For example, the addition of classrooms and other buildings triggers the need to add a minimum amount …

Methane Powered Microgrids – Cost Savings while Combatting Climate Change

Assessing methane emissions through the lens of carbon dioxide stock vs. flow

Evaluating the impact of methane emissions through the lens of CO2 stock vs. flow is something new l learned recently. I heard about it on the premier episode …

School Energy Cost Inflation: Learnings from Clovis Unified

During the 2024 CASBO annual conference, Rick Brown and Ali Chehrehsaz of TerraVerde Energy met with Michael Johnston of Clovis Unified and Don Ulrich of School Strategies for a conversation on energy cost inflation impacting schools.


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DER Rate Design: Customer Programs as a Procurement Resource

Have you ever had a surplus solar generation problem? Have you ever wished for a flatter load curve? Do you sometimes feel like your job performance relies a little too much on the vagaries of the real-time wholesale electricity market? …

How CCAs can model and deploy battery energy storage systems and DERs

With the rapid emergence of community choice energy agencies (CCAs) throughout the state, California schools, municipalities and other public agencies are well positioned to take advantage of the new choice in how their electricity is supplied. For most public agencies, …

New Sources of Revenue and Cost Savings for Water Agencies, Schools and Other Public Agencies Using Battery Storage

As SCE continues to increase the demand charge component of TOU rate structures, public agencies in SCE territory are considering the benefits of energy storage using batteries to shave peak demand and reduce monthly utility bills.  While battery storage systems

Urgent: DSA Says To Do a Solar Panel Safety Check

The California Division of the State Architect recently notified school districts and solar contractors of three instances where solar panels dislodged from solar array racking structures during moderate wind events. In a subsequent memo, DSA released new requirements for further

Prop 39 Deadline Gets Extended and How to Get Ready for Summer 2018 Construction

Earlier this week, the Governor signed, AB 110, legislation that extends Prop 39: the Clean Energy Jobs Act, indefinitely. If you haven’t previously developed a Prop 39 Plan to claim funding for your District, you now have until February 26,

Four examples of why you need Solar Asset Management

As the Asset Management Services provider for hundreds of solar PV and energy storage systems, we’ve seen just about everything. By actively managing everything from inspections to incentives, supported by detailed reporting; TerraVerde ensures that organizations get the full financial