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The Next EPIC Challenge: Reimagining Affordable Mixed-Use Development in a Carbon-Constrained Future

Opportunity for California Public and Private Entities to Participate in a
Competition to Design and Develop Affordable Housing and Buildings

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Energy Commission (CEC)

Conf. Date:

01/21/21

LOI Date:

05/07/21

Deadline Date:

08/18/21 5:00 PM PDT

Description:

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Opportunity for California public and private entities to participate in a competition to design and develop affordable residential and commercial areas in eligible regions in an environmentally friendly manner. Applicants are required to submit a concept application prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of this solicitation is to fund a design-build competition that will challenge multi-disciplinary project teams to design and build a mixed-use development – using cutting-edge energy technologies, tools, and construction practices - that is affordable, equitable, emissions-free, and resilient to climate change impacts and extreme weather events.

Projects for this solicitation must fall into one of four regionally based groups: Bay Area Region; Central Valley/Northern California; Los Angeles Region; and Imperial Valley, Inland Empire, and San Diego County.

Program Phases:

  • Design Phase Implementation: Project teams selected for the Design Phase will be funded to implement their concept and approach for designing a zero-emission mixed-used development. Project teams are expected to work with community-based organizations to incorporate the needs of the community and prospective tenants in the design. The end of the Design Phase essentially contains part of the competition for the Build Phase. Design Phase grant recipients will prepare all of the necessary application documents, which will be evaluated. The Commission will approve the four winners to move to the Build Phase and receive funding to build out their concept.
  • Build Phase Implementation: Recipients recommended for the Build Phase will require approval at a CEC Business Meeting before they can begin work with EPIC funding to build-out their design. After funding for the Build Phase has been approved at a CEC Business Meeting, project teams can begin with construction, commissioning, and operating of their zero- emission, mixed-use development. Project teams will conduct measurement and verification to quantify energy savings and ensure actual zero-emission building operation. Project teams will also produce a case study to document the actions, challenges, and lessons learned from the project. For eligible costs, see p. 17 of the Solicitation Manual in Supporting Documents below.

For project requirements, see p. 11 of the Solicitation Manual in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193910

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$48,000,000

Number of Grants:

There will be up to 12 teams selected for the Design Phase, with up to 3 teams selected per region. Up to 4 teams will advance to the Build Phase, with up to 1 team selected per region.There will be up to 12 teams selected for the Design Phase, with up to 3 teams selected per region. Up to 4 teams will advance to the Build Phase, with up to 1 team selected per region.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Group 1 - Bay Area Region:
- Maximum Project Award (Design Phase): $1 million
- Maximum Project Award (Build Phase): $9 million

Group 2: Central Valley/Northern California:
- Maximum Project Award (Design Phase): $1 million
- Maximum Project Award (Build Phase): $9 million

Group 3: Los Angeles Region:
- Maximum Project Award (Design Phase): $1 million
- Maximum Project Award (Build Phase): $9 million

Group 4: Imperial Valley, Inland Empire, and San Diego County:
- Maximum Project Award (Design Phase): $1 million
- Maximum Project Award (Build Phase): $9 million

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Agreement Start Date – Design Phase Begins: November 2021
- Build Phase Begins: September 2023
- Anticipated Agreement End Date: October 2025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Concept Application of this solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. 16 In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

The Design Phase of this solicitation is only open to Applicants who passed the screening criteria shown in Section IV.E from Concept Application Phase.

The Build Phase of this solicitation is only open to awarded Recipients from the Design Phase.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Workshop - January 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Remote Access Only.

To access workshop: https://www.energy.ca.gov/event/funding-workshop/2021-01/pre-application-workshop-gfo-20-305-next-epic-challenge-reimagining

Pre-Application Information:

Key Activities Schedule:

- Pre-Application Workshop: January 21, 2021
- Deadline for Written Questions: January 22, 2021 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: Week of February 8, 2021
- Deadline to Submit: Concept Application Abstracts: May 7, 2021 - 5PM PDT
- Deadline to Submit: Full Applications for the Design Phase: August 18, 2021 - 5PM PDT. Only applicants with a passing Concept Application will be eligible to submit a full application for the Design Phase.
- Anticipated CEC Business Meeting: November 2021
- Anticipated Agreement Start Date – Design Phase Begins: November 2021
- Deadline to Submit: Application Materials for the Build Phase: June 23, 2023 - 5PM PDT
- Notice of Proposed Award (Build Phase): Week of July 17, 2023
- Anticipated CEC Business Meeting (Build Phase Amendment): August 2023
- Design Showcase Event: September. , 2023
- Build Phase Begins: September 2023
- Anticipated Agreement End Date:  October 2025

All corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) that conduct intrastate business in California are required to be registered and in good standing with the California Secretary of State prior to its project being recommended for approval at an CEC Business Meeting. If not currently registered with the California Secretary of State, applicants are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Office as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in beginning the proposed project(s) (should the application be successful).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The preferred method of delivery for this solicitation is the CEC Grant Solicitation System, available at: https://gss.energy.ca.gov/.

Applications submitted in hard copy must be delivered via U.S. Mail, FedEx, or UPS to the CEC’s Contracts, Grants and Loans Office during normal business hours:
GFO-20-305
Contracts, Grants, and Loans Office, MS-18
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

During the solicitation process, direct questions to the Commission Agreement Officer listed below:
Phil Dyer, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814
E-mail: Phil.Dyer@energy.ca.gov

Grant Coverage Areas:

Projects for this solicitation must fall into one of four regionally based groups:

Group 1: Bay Area Region - Alameda, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma

Group 2: Central Valley/Northern California - Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba

Group 3: Los Angeles Region - Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Group 4: Imperial Valley, Inland Empire, and San Diego County - Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego

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