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Power the Tower

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Team Name: Power the Tower

Project Objective: Transform Fresno’s Tower District into a leading clean energy hub and thriving business corridor

Team Members: 

  • Esmeralda Soria, Fresno City Councilmember; 
  • Fayzul Pasha, Fresno State Professor of Engineering; 
  • Jorge Madrid, EDF;
  • Darren Deffner, PG&E;

Project Description: This project will advance a strategic opportunity to transform Fresno’s Tower District into a smart and connected clean energy business corridor – serving as a model for distributed clean energy solutions throughout the region and the state.   This opportunity will align Distributed Energy Resources (DER) planning with a community vision from local elected officials, district residents, and small business owners, along with EDF’s unique technical and policy expertise.

Progress Made to Date (pre-Accelerator): Launched a partnership with Fresno city councilmember Esmeralda Soria, Fresno State University, and small business owners in the Tower District to analyze energy needs and user data.

Accelerator Outcomes: The Fresno team left eLab with key partnerships, a clear plan for creating a steering committee and a technical advisory group, and an ambitious time-frame for short terms wins that would build momentum for longer term transformation of the Tower District. The team re calibrated it's strategy and re-imagined the overall objective of the project: to power local economic development with clean energy and smart technology. With this new framing of the objective and a clearly defined strategy, the project will move forward with renewed energy and commitment from key partners and stakeholders.

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