Developer Connections Fall 2021

17 Central – Leading the way to a lower carbon future through electrification 

Image of 17 Central building exteriorD&S development recently broke ground on 17 Central, a mixed-use, 8-story building at 1632 K Street. 17 Central includes ground-floor retail and 111 studios, one and two bedroom rental units between 373 to 1,259 square feet.  

With this project, D&S was interested in cost-effective solutions that aligned with carbon reduction and climate change goals. D&S has taken numerous measures to electrify 17 Central. Initial design plans included electric resistant water heaters, which were initially more expensive and higher power demands.  

The D&S engineering team and SMUD’s All-Electric Smart HomeSM program manager Ray Nalangan collaborated in hopes of finding electric solutions that were energy efficient and not as expensive. In doing so, Ray shared new heat pump water heaters that promoted carbon reduction and were cost-effective.  

Ultimately, by utilizing a heat pump water heater system, demand was reduced by 80%, resulting in an average savings of 1300kWh of energy usage daily. In addition to heat pump water heaters, 17 Central will also feature heat pump HVAC systems and all-electric appliances, including induction stovetops and EV chargers. 

D&S Development was able to secure nearly $200,000 of incentives from SMUD’s energy efficiency programs by partnering with SMUD early, while also reducing carbon emissions. SMUD is your design and ingenuity partner in electrification, so please reach out to your SMUD Commercial Development representative to discover the all-electric possibilities for your project at 916-732-5448 or visit our website at  

Thinking about battery storage for your business? Try SMUD Energy StorageShares®

Consider SMUD Energy StorageShares as an alternative to meeting your energy storage and demand charge reduction needs. StorageShares allows customers to receive the benefits of battery storage through bill savings without the burden of battery ownership. Business customers can invest in an energy storage system that does more than just reduce the cost of electricity but also enables retail savings and optimizes the grid benefits of energy storage.

The program offers multiple benefits including:  

  • No maintenance or operating cost.
  • No interconnection costs.
  • Guaranteed performance.
  • It moves with you if your business relocates within the SMUD service territory.

How does it work? SMUD will install a large-scale battery at a beneficial location on the grid and operate it independently for participating customers. You receive the benefits of the battery’s operation virtually through bill credits. Participating customers buy shares at an upfront cost and receive monthly bill credits over a 10-year agreement term.  

If you’re interested in learning more about SMUD’s Energy StorageShares program and to find out if it’s right for your business, contact your Strategic Account Advisor.  

Elliott Homes at Rio del Oro progresses

Map of Rio del Oro development in Rancho CordovaIn August 2020, Elliott Homes broke ground on its portion of the Rio del Oro development in Rancho Cordova. Rio del Oro is a new master-plan neighborhood bordered by White Rock Road to the north, Sunrise Boulevard to the west and Douglas Road to the south.  

At full build-out, the approximately 3,800-acre development will feature thousands of new homes, over 7.6 million square feet of commercial, professional and industrial space and a new high school.  

Considered to be the largest development in the city’s history, plans for Rio del Oro include a community composed of a mix of residential, commercial, business and office uses. The development will feature considerable open space, parks, biking trails and other recreational amenities, transforming the land from a former mining area to a community of neighborhoods with schools, parks and shopping. 

SMUD has been working closely with representatives from Elliott Homes on their phasing plan and plans for extending 69kV, 12kV facilities and a new distribution substation to support the first phase of model homes by the end of 2021 and first occupants in 2022, as well as planned commercial and industrial uses. 

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Upcoming industry workshops 

Heat pumps for space conditioning 

September 28, 2021 | 9 to 11 a.m. | Online workshop

Heat pump technologies have evolved greatly in efficiency, durability and popularity in recent years. In this class you will learn how heat pumps work to heat and cool homes. This class will detail proper design and installation as well as the common mistakes that lead to poor performance, call backs and high bills. This class will explain how heat pump efficiency is measured and how to select heat pumps for performance and comfort. AIA CES approved.

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Heat pumps for water heaters and clothes drying 

October 7, 2021 | 9 to 11 a.m. | Online workshop

Heating hot water is most often the second largest energy user in homes. Heat pump water heaters can be 4 times as efficient as conventional water heating. Clothes drying accounts for 6% of residential energy consumption and can greatly increase peak load energy use. Heat pump clothes drying can save 30-50%. In this class you will learn how heat pumps work to heat water and dry clothes more efficiently. AIA CES approved. 

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Commercial induction cooking part of the zero carbon kitchen

October 12, 2021 | 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Online workshop

Class will include a live demonstration of a commercial induction cooktop and wok by the Food Service Technology Center, the basics of induction cooking for commercial kitchens, including the energy related and non-energy related benefits of this technology, and how to apply for rebates.

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Sneak peek: 2022 Title 24 for nonresidential buildings

October 13, 2021 | 9 to 11 a.m. | Online workshop

Come take a sneak peek into the new 2022 Title 24 for nonresidential buildings. This class will cover envelope, mechanical, indoor and outdoor lighting changes including retrofits, acceptance testing and controls. AIA CES approved.

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Sneak peek: 2022 Title 24 for residential buildings

October 14, 2021 | 9 to 11 a.m. | Online workshop

This sneak peek into the new 2022 Title 24 for residential buildings will cover the envelope, mechanical and lighting changes as well as some Title 20 updates. AIA CES approved. 

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Commercial battery energy storage

November 4, 2021 | 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Online workshop

Is buying a commercial battery storage system cost-effective? Will it provide back-up power and demand charge reduction? This workshop, taught by SMUD’s battery storage experts, will cover the many facets of battery storage such as energy consumption, upfront costs, bill savings and payback. AIA CES approved. 

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