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June 25, 2024

Press Release

Ava Community Energy partners with Prologis to develop five local community solar projects

The projects will be located in Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro and Tracy

Oakland, Calif. (June 25, 2024) – Ava Community Energy (Ava), a leading not-for-profit electricity provider, has announced the selection of Prologis for the development of five solar projects, in accordance with California’s Disadvantaged Communities Green Tariff (DAC-GT) program. Following a rigorous evaluation process, Ava chose Prologis’s proposed portfolio of five projects, all of which have 20-year contracts:

  • 3.0 mega-watts (MW) solar project in Tracy, expected to be operational in June 2026
  • 2.0 MW solar project in Tracy, expected to be operational in June 2026
  • 0.72 MW solar project in Oakland, expected to be operational in December 2025
  • 1.0 MW solar project in San Leandro, expected to be operational in April 2026
  • 0.56 MW solar project in Hayward, expected to be operational in April 2026

The DAC-GT program promotes the development of renewable generation within a disadvantaged community (“DAC”) and offer primarily CARE/FERA customers living in a DAC access to 100% renewable energy supply and a 20% discount on their electricity bills.

"These projects contribute to Ava’s goal of promoting economic development and environmental stewardship across our service territory" said Annie Henderson, Chief Customer Officer at Ava. "These projects create local jobs, enhance community resilience by localizing power generation, and will reduce bills for our most vulnerable customers.”

“Leveraging our distribution center rooftops for solar is another way we’re providing economic value for local communities,” said Vibhu Kaushik, Global Head of Energy, Utilities and Storage for Prologis. “These five solar projects, developed in collaboration with Ava,will help build energy resilience locally while providing discounted utility bills for low-income customers in these communities."

The procurement of these projects signifies a significant step towards Ava's mission of providing accessible and sustainable energy options to its customers. The geographic distribution of the selected projects ensures broad coverage within Ava's service area, enhancing accessibility and affordability for communities across the region.

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About Ava Community Energy

Ava Community Energy (Ava), formerly East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), is the not-for-profit public power provider for more than 1.7 million residents and commercial customers in Alameda County and the City of Tracy, with service extending to the San Joaquin County cities of Stockton and Lathrop in 2025. As one of 25 community choice aggregation (CCA) programs operating in California, Ava is part of the movement to provide energy choice while expediting local and state-wide climate action goals. Ava is committed to creating a brighter future in our communities and beyond by providing clean power at competitive rates, reinvesting in our member communities, and developing programs that make it easy for customers to discover, try and adopt clean energy solutions. To date, Ava has saved customers more than $100 million and contracted for more than one gigawatt of renewable energy projects. For more information about Ava Community Energy, visit avaenergy.org.

Media Contact:

Dan Lieberman