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In IDEO’s back yard, City of Palo Alto is updating the Comprehensive Plan and considering a “NetZero” option. “Stanford Research Park (25K jobs) could become a cutting-edge proving ground for innovative concepts in energy generation.” In that spirit,

In IDEO’s back yard, City of Palo Alto is updating the Comprehensive Plan and considering a “NetZero” option. “Stanford Research Park (25K jobs) could become a cutting-edge proving ground for innovative concepts in energy generation.” In that spirit,

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Steve commented on Palo Alto Solar Microgrid

Meena, many IDEO employees work in Palo Alto and know Stanford Research Park well. Can you please have one of the IDEO Palo Alto energy people take a look at this?

This office park does not have any housing within it, although there is adjacent housing that will experience some of the visual impact of putting a bunch of solar in the research park. The key stakeholders are Stanford (the land owner) and the companies that work in the Research Park (EPRI, Tesla, SAP, HP, etc). So power-stakeholder human insights should be collected.

The solar microgrid has not been implemented yet and, to move forward, will require the power stakeholders to support the idea. EPRI and Tesla are important players within the microgrid space. City Council has expressed a level of support for the concept. Stanford has a number of green energy advocates, such as Prof. Mark Jacobson.

About Stanford Research Park:
23,000 jobs, 162 buildings, 140 employers, 700 acres
Built in 1951, the US's first technology office park that set a precedent for 200 other large US office parks.
From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_Research_Park