Our Prototyping Journey
How we are testing our idea
As the largest U.S. city to run entirely on #renewableenergy, @georgetowntx serves as a top model for #greencities. Now, as part of the #MayorsChallenge, their team is working on ways to create a #virtualpowerplant to generate its electricity locally.11:45 AM - 30 Mar 2018 BloombergCities
"One-hundred percent of Georgetown's energy already comes from renewable sources, but that includes a wind farm in the panhandle and a solar farm in west Texas. We were thinking, 'Boy, instead of being regulated by the state grid and relying on transmitting energy long distances, wouldn't it be cool if we made all our power here in Georgetown?'" Jack Daly, Assistant to the City Manager, KXAN
Georgetown will test the demand for leasing rooftop space to install solar panels through a virtual power plant model. The city will gather feedback from customers through a number of ways such as user rankings, A/B tests of incentive packages and reaction cards to the physical aesthetics.
Our idea will greatly impact the world by reducing the reliance on coal and natural gas plants and changing how electric infrastructure is developed.Jack Daly, Assistant to the City Manager
One thing we’re discovering through testing
Georgetown tested their idea at Red Poppy, a local festival which gets around 75,000 visitors over three days. To entice people to fill in one of their three surveys, the team set up a ‘money grab’ booth, where respondents could grab fake money and use it to buy a prize. From the responses, the team learned that people were less interested in City Hall paying them for the use of their roofs, and were willing to let them use it for free so they could have reliable back up energy during a storm.
We enjoyed spending time with our @BloombergDotOrg #MayorsChallenge coaches yesterday and getting feedback on our #virtualpowerplant idea from the #GeorgetownTX residents in our focus group! The idea includes generating #solarenergy here in Georgetown. http://bloomberg.georgetown.org4:03 PM - 8 Jun 2018 georgetowntx
The only time the money machine stopped running was when someone new was getting in it. People lined up down the street to take our survey.Judity Mattocks, Conservation Marketing Coordinator