Creating Resilient Communities

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) supports our community’s ability to be resilient in the face of climate change.

Community Resilience Grant Programs

The SVCE Community Resilience Program is investing more than $5 million to help our region reduce the impacts of power outages from events such as earthquakes, PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs, storms, floods, and wildfires while supporting decarbonization and local job creation. The program provides SVCE’s 13 member agencies with grant funds to identify, prioritize, and implement resilient energy strategies.

Explore the projects below:

Agency Status Location Project Type SVCE Grant Amount
Campbell Under Construction Corporation Yard EV Truck & Off-Grid EV Charger $198,000
Cupertino Under Construction Quinlan Community Center, Senior Center, City Hall, and various parks Rotated Off-Grid EV Chargers $234,000
Gilroy Under Construction Corporation Yard EV Truck & Off-Grid EV Charger $269,000
Los Altos Under Construction Downtown and Grant Park Cool Pavements $126,000
Los Altos Hills Under Construction Town Hall Battery Storage $50,000
Los Gatos Under Construction Community Library Battery Storage $214,000
Milpitas Complete Community & Senior Center Solar & Battery Storage $700,000
Monte Sereno Under Construction Community Center Battery Storage $18,000
Morgan Hill Under Construction Recreation Center Battery Storage $209,000
Mountain View Under Construction Community Center Solar & Battery Storage $614,000
Saratoga Complete Traffic Light Signals Battery Backup at Traffic Light Signals $139,000
Sunnyvale* Complete City Hall Solar & Battery Storage $1,000,000
Sunnyvale Under Construction Sunnyvale Public Library, Community Center, Department of Public Safety, and Corporation Yard Rotated Off-Grid EV Charger $300,000
Santa Clara County* Under Construction South County Fire Station Solar & Battery Storage $100,000
Santa Clara County Under Construction Martial Cottle Park, Levin Park, Joseph D. Grant Park, and Vasona Lake Park Rotated Off-Grid EV Chargers $230,000
* Agencies can split their total grant funds between multiple projects.


The City of Milpitas used its $700,000 grant to install a 75.6 kilowatt (kW) solar array and a 125 kW battery. In the case of a power outage or other emergency, Milpitas residents can count on the senior center and community center to be powered and up and running, providing conditioned shelter and a kitchen. Plus, first responders and city employees can use the center as a charging station to power necessary electronics.

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After receiving the funds in 2022, former Mayor Rich Tran shared, “I am very grateful to SVCE for making the City’s journey towards sustainability, environmental health and emergency resilience a reality. The grant award reinforces our Smart City Infrastructure Program, which is expected to save Milpitas over $1.5 million in energy and water costs per year for a total savings of more than $30 million over the program’s lifetime. I look forward to our continued partnership and success for many years to come.”


The City of Saratoga used its $139,000 grant to install backup battery systems at 14 traffic light intersections to increase traffic safety. If a power outage occurs, the backup batteries will switch on to power traffic lights and allow the city to maintain access to the signals, allowing them to maximize the safest and most effective flow of traffic if an evacuation is needed.

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“Many of our busiest signalized intersections are within or adjacent to high fire hazard areas and have lost power during planned outages in recent years, causing delays and confusion. We quickly realized that the issues we encountered during a planned outage would be drastically exacerbated during an emergency,” said Tina Walia, City of Saratoga councilmember and SVCE Vice Chair. “I am extremely grateful to SVCE for helping the City of Saratoga improve community resiliency by providing support for the traffic signal backup battery project and ensuring our traffic signals stay on.”


The City of Sunnyvale used the $1M grant from SVCE to install solar and battery storage at their City Hall. The newly-constructed building is the first LEED Platinum certified and Net Zero Energy city hall in the country and has 1,653 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that generate 1,099,000 kWh of power annually – enough to power about 103 homes for a year. The PV panels are paired with a 350 kWh battery energy storage system, adding energy resilience to the building. The solar system will produce power during the day, and in the event of an outage, the clean electricity stored in the batteries will be used to power critical building operations.

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“Sunnyvale’s new City Hall is an icon for sustainability and a true symbol for our city as the Heart of Silicon Valley. Our council and community set a bold vision to serve, engage and inspire with this building, and we’ve achieved it in a spectacular way,” said Larry Klein in 2023, Mayor of Sunnyvale.

Los Altos

The City of Los Altos used its $126,000 grant to install cool pavement coating in downtown Los Altos. Cool pavement, applied as a coat over roads, parking lots, sidewalks and similar spaces, reduces the land surface temperature by reflecting heat instead of absorbing it.

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“It’s exciting for the city to pilot the cool pavement coating technology in Los Altos, especially on a block where numerous summer events take place and restaurants operate, bringing many people downtown,” said Sally Meadows, Los Altos mayor and SVCE board member, in an Aug. 9 press release on the project. “We appreciate that SVCE, through its Community Grants, has offered Los Altos this opportunity. If this technology helps keep temperatures down, we can consider expanding its use, which will work toward the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation goals.”

Resilience Framework

To guide the Community Resilience Program and other resilience projects, SVCE developed the Community Energy Resilience Framework. The Framework is designed to help SVCE communities prioritize resilience project implementation and reduce the impacts of grid disruptions. It articulates a shared vision for community energy resilience: the ability of a community to prepare for, adapt to, withstand and recover from power disruptions due to anticipated hazards.