Call for Energy Innovators

ProspectSV and our partners held a Call for Innovators from August – Sept. 30, 2016 to discover pre-commercial products and solutions from global clean technology innovators for energy efficiency, energy recovery, and renewable energy solutions for potential inclusion in two state-funded demonstrations in San Francisco, CA. The call serves as a unique opportunity for emerging technologies to be included into a project demonstration and will offer valuable feedback from our professional team of designers and engineers. We searched globally for partners to meet significant challenges in two very different projects:



This four-year, $3.6M project funded by the California Energy Commission will target one of the “final frontiers” in California’s goal towards a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) future: grocery stores. The project will design and retrofit an existing Whole Foods Market in San Francisco, CA into the world’s first zero net energy (ZNE) grocery store. As part of the project we will be targeting new products and technologies to bring into our design with the goal to “design for scale.” Project partners include Whole Foods Market, Arup, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and the City of San Francisco Department of Environment.

Additional detail on MarketZero available here.



A four-year $3.8M effort funded by the California Energy Commission will convert the William Penn Hotel (a historic, mixed-use building with low-income housing) into a showcase of innovative Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building design. The site includes a theater, offices and housing for ninety-one, low-income residents — including many formerly homeless and at-risk adults. The project is seeking innovative solutions and products to address a high-density urban housing environment in a high performance building. Project partners include Chinatown Community Development Center, RMW Architects, Integral Group, National Renewables and Energy Laboratory, and the San Francisco 2030 District.

Additional details on InnovateNetZero available here.


These unique projects are specifically seeking new products and technologies to include into our design and eventual project deployment. Promising product teams will be granted the following:

A professional design review with project feedback from our design team

An opportunity for a paid deployment within one or both projects

Recommended teams may be selected for access to ProspectSV’s network and ProspectSV’s commercialization assistance program


Submissions will be reviewed by a team of professional experts in the field (designers, architects, engineers, and contractors) and feedback will be provided to all applicants. Promising project teams will be recommended to the design team for inclusion in the building. During our review process, you may be required to conduct an interview (in-person or phone) to discuss additional details of your submittal. Deployment of these products is not expected until Q3 2017 (subject to construction timelines for each project) and final decisions will be based on final approval from the owners, expected in early 2017. More details on the timeline can be found below.


Aug 10, 2016 Release and distribution of RFI
Sept 1, 2016 Deadline to submit questions
September 30, 2016 Deadline for submissions
Early-Oct. 2016 Finalist Notification & Interviews (as necessary)
Late-Oct. 2016 Announcement of Recommended Product Teams
Nov. 2016 Design Review for MarketZero
Q4 2016 Design Review for InnovateNetZero
Q1 2017 Design Completion (both projects)
Q3 2017 – Q2 2018 Construction phase (both projects)
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