CATAPULT: "California Title 24 Advanced Power Utilization Technology" – (REVISED) Replaces NOE filed 1/31/2022

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SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
CATAPULT: "California Title 24 Advanced Power Utilization Technology" – (REVISED) Replaces NOE filed 1/31/2022
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Under agreement EPC-19-047, the California Energy Commission approved a $999,099 grant to BoxPower Inc. at its July 2020 Business meeting, and adopted CEQA findings that this project is exempt from CEQA under Categorical Exemptions CCR tit. 14, section 15301 and section 15303. The project will conduct demonstrations of modular containerized solar plus energy storage system at fifteen residential customer sites. The project will demonstrate the system performance as an integrated hardware and software platform that is Title 24 JA12 compliant with the ability to provide: behind the meter residential customer electricity cost savings and price stability; resiliency during utility power outages; and grid services. The data obtained on capital cost, operating cost, performance, and lessons learned will support future commercial deployments. This project will provide benefits for the recipient, the host sites, the utility grid, and investor-owned utility ratepayers.

Contact Information

Robin Goodhand
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Electricity Generation System Specialist I
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Alameda, Butte, Nevada, San Diego, Tulare
Cross Streets
Carrington Street

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301
Reasons for Exemption
COVID related delays to the project kick off in 2020 and project implementation during 2021 resulted in ten of the original fifteen project demonstration sites having to be replaced. On January 31, 2022, the CEC filed an NOE; however, the CEC is replacing that NOE with this one to provide additional information. The type of work to be completed at the fifteen residential demonstration sites as well as the research site, and the basis for CEQA exemption has not changed from the original CEQA determination adopted at the July 8, 2020 Business Meeting. The project demonstration deployments consist of a containerized energy storage system adjacent to an existing building (similar to the installation of an air conditioner unit outside a house). The installation may require minor trenching for electrical cables and paving to support the system. The energy storage systems will be connected to residential scale roof mounted or ground mounted solar photovoltaic arrays. Ground mounted solar will be within existing, disturbed or developed, residential lots. Manufacturing activities will take place within existing facilities. Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15301 exempts the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, and minor alteration of existing structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of use. This project consists of the installation of small containerized solar plus storage energy systems at existing residences. Equipment will be installed on existing roofs, in existing garages, and adjacent to existing residences such as backyards. The project will involve the minor alteration and operation of existing residences and their associated mechanical equipment. Manufacturing efforts will take place within existing facilities.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15303
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15303 exempts the construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; the installation of small, new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. This project consists of the installation of a small containerized solar plus storage energy system equipment at each of the selected residences. The equipment will consist of small solar equipment installed on the roof of the residence or adjacent to the residence and small energy storage equipment installed inside the garage, inside another structure associated with the residence, or adjacent to the residence. Installation will only require minor modifications to the exterior of the existing structures.


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