Menlo Park, California is partnering with climate tech company BlocPower in a landmark commitment to electrify more than 10,000 homes and buildings by 2030.

City-wide engagement, the first of its kind on the west coast, will create an agenda that targets affordability, a green job creation agenda and equity measures.

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Town of Menlo Park, California and BlocPower today announced a public-private partnership to provide building electrification services to the Menlo Park community. The Menlo Park Climate Action Plan has set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

Menlo Park City Council approved the partnership through the passing of a resolution, concluding months of diligence and negotiations by city officials and employees.

Decarbonizing buildings is a central part of the city’s 2030 climate plan, with fossil fuel consumption in buildings accounting for 41% of Menlo Park’s greenhouse gas emissions. Through the partnership with BlocPower, the city aims to electrify 15 buildings in 2022, 100 in 2023, and 1,000 or more per year in 2024 and beyond. Upgrades available under this voluntary program will include the installation of heat pumps (for air cooling, heating and filtration), heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging stations, solar, battery storage and other efficiency measures.

BlocPower will scale the program using data models to improve project design efficiency, relationships with equipment vendors to reduce costs, and provide affordable and accessible project financing. Local non-profit association Spark of Menlo work with Menlo Park raise up $35 million reduce project costs for low to middle income households.

The program will initially focus on Belle Haven, a neighborhood along the bay most affected by climate change. BlocPower will establish community advisory boards to focus Menlo Park needs of stakeholders in program design. A complementary vocational training program will create local jobs, while solving the labor shortage needed to scale the program.

Those interested in signing up for building electrification projects with BlocPower can express their interest via this link.

Menlo Park is rooted in innovation, committed to doing its part to solve the climate crisis. This partnership will allow the City to tackle a major source of emissions. We also chose BlocPower because of its community approach, which aligns with our commitment to centering the needs of those who live, play and work in Menlo Park“, said the mayor Betsy Nash of Menlo Park.

“We are thrilled to partner with BlocPower, a company committed to providing equal access and inclusive programs, including employment development, to Menlo Park“said Councilwoman Cecilia Taylor of Menlo Park. “The Belle Haven community is an area of ​​our city surrounded by one freeway and two freeways, which negatively impacts air quality. Building electrification is a proven way to improve the health and resilience of our community.

“We need to unlock funding to accelerate electrification and make it accessible to all. This is an exciting opportunity for a public-private partnership with BlocPower, which is also working to help the local workforce acquire knowledge and skills training in the area of ​​decarbonization,” the state said. Senator Josh Becker, D-Peninsula. “I support this effort and look forward to using lessons learned from this program to inform the broader policy landscape of building electrification.”

“We have closely followed innovative efforts to phase out the use of methane and look forward to supporting this partnership with an ambitious company. This partnership is a game-changer as it will help expand the transition from fossil fuels to electricity. clean all over the world. Menlo Parkand chart a fruitful path for other municipalities to follow,” said Diane Bailey of Spark of Menlo.

Menlo Park just set a crucial and historic climate precedent as the first West Coast city to establish such a public/private partnership,” said Angela Sherry Evansenvironmental quality commissioner, Menlo City Park. “We aim to electrify 95% of our existing buildings, significantly reducing our city’s reliance on burning methane (aka, natural gas), which is responsible for almost half of our greenhouse gas emissions. We hope that This bold step will inspire other cities to follow suit so that we can collectively achieve the deep greenhouse gas reductions needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

“We are delighted to partner with the Menlo City Park to deliver the benefits of building electrification. Menlo Park is the world leader in responding to the climate challenge, and we are happy to contribute to its implementation. This program will help deliver smarter, greener and healthier buildings for everyone,” said CEO Donnel Baird of Bloc Power.

“JobTrain is committed to lifting the most needy people out of poverty and unemployment by preparing them for successful careers in high-demand and emerging fields,” said Barrie Hathaway, CEO of JobTrain. “Bringing BlocPower to our community will open pathways into the fast-growing green jobs sector, providing training in the installation of electrical appliances and creating healthier communities in the process.”

About Bloc Power

BlocPower is a brooklyna New York-based climate tech company rapidly greening American cities. Since its creation in 2014, the company has carried out energy projects in more than 1,200 buildings. BlocPower uses its proprietary software for the analysis, leasing, project management and monitoring of urban clean energy projects that can save 20 to 40% to its customers on their energy bills. The company is backed by top global investors including Goldman Sachs, Kapor Capital, Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund, Andreessen Horowitz and the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. In 2022, fast business named BlocPower the 4th most innovative company in the world.

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