SEED Fund North Bay

In July 2014, the first solar contract through the SEED Fund program was signed between the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association and solar developer Sunetric. At the same time, several other participants, including the Cities of San Rafael and Mill Valley, have presented projects before their City Councils and are close to reaching approval. All participants, including the new member City of Cloverdale, are working to execute contracts before September 30, 2014, in order to receive a significant discount on their proposed solar pricing.

In March 2012, the California Solar Initiative’s RD&D program issued a grant to Strategic Energy Innovations and Optony Inc. to develop a solar/renewables revolving fund in the North Bay. Grant funds served to enable regional public agencies to participate in a collaborative solar procurement without needing to contribute funds or make cash outlays in order to review sites, prepare competitive bid documents, and contract with responsible vendors. Successfully-constructed solar projects will return a portion of project costs to the SEED Fund for development of future green initiatives.

The City of San Rafael has taken the role of Coordinating Agency, and issued an RFP on behalf of all participants in September 2013. Proposals were evaluated and a short-list of approved vendors was selected. Contract negotiations have been underway for several months, with the City of San Rafael leading efforts to develop a template Power Purchase Agreement for use by all participants seeking that form of project financing.

Project Scope

  • Current region: North Bay area — Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties
  • Public agency participants: Includes cities, towns, special districts, counties and schools
  • Solar Electric PV: Rooftop, Carport, Ground-mounted systems
  • Target Goal: 5MW of installed capacity in 2014

Project Status

  • 13 public agencies participated in the RFP issued by the City of San Rafael

County of Marin

  • City of San Rafael
  • City of Mill Valley
  • City of Novato
  • Marin Healthcare District
  • Marinwood Community Services District
  • Southern Marin Fire Protection District

County of Sonoma

  • City of Cotati
  • County of Sonoma
  • Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Sonoma County Water Agency
  • The City of Cloverdale also recently joined the program, with 2 sites featuring over 1.2MW of solar capacity

County of Napa

  • City of St. Helena
  • Napa County Office of Education
  • Town of Yountville


Project Information

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