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Buyer Survey: Barriers & Opportunities Memorandum | June 10, 2019

The two main goals of the California Opportunities for Procurement to Accelerate Clean Energy (Cal-OP ACE) Program are to 1) increase the uptake of Distributed Energy Resource1 (DER) technologies and 2) increase opportunities for in-state DER sellers to gain access to the institutional marketplace. To inform the design of the Cal-OP ACE program (hereinafter referred to as “the program”), the project team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) conducted a Buyer Survey assessing the needs, barriers, and opportunities for DER technologies procurement amongst California organizations across the state’s major sectors (e.g., healthcare, higher education, K-12 schools, state and local government, retail, tech, etc.) Data from this survey provides information that will help shape intervention strategies that the program deploys.