ENGIE North America (ENGIE) has prolonged the scope of its microgrid choices with the newest set up on the Santa Barbara Unified Faculty District. ENGIE’s latest microgrid set up on the district contains 4.2 MW of photo voltaic throughout 14 district areas and 6 microgrids with 3.8 MWh of battery power storage for backup energy and peak demand cost discount.
The venture is predicted to offset roughly 90% of the photo voltaic array websites’ power use with renewable power and the district is predicted to save lots of practically eight million over the venture’s lifetime, with extra $6.47 million of value-added advantages from resilience.
“The SBUSD photo voltaic microgrids will function a mannequin for varsity districts and different entities wherever, together with tips on how to finance them in a simple method that minimizes upfront prices and dangers to the District whereas additionally decreasing the District’s electrical energy expenditure,” says Stefaan Sercu, managing director of Vitality Options Americas at ENGIE. “It’s additionally vital to notice that communities can now profit from state and federal funding for initiatives like these.”
“The scope for this program is without doubt one of the first for a college district in California,” states Santa Barbara Unified Faculty District Superintendent Dr. Hilda Maldonado. “It is a neighborhood that has been regularly impacted by wildfires and subsequent energy shutoffs, mudslides and different pure disasters. This venture shall be vital within the district’s efforts to protect energy the place it will probably, in addition to present a fiscally accountable energy insurance coverage coverage that can in the end assist all the neighborhood.”
After the 2017/18 Thomas Fireplace, Santa Barbara District employees started researching the feasibility of power resiliency options to protect vital operations throughout emergencies and energy outages for the greater than 15,000 college students, college and employees. In December 2020, the board of administrators unanimously accepted the microgrid venture owned, operated and maintained by ENGIE North America.
By the venture, the district is now geared up to supply the neighborhood with entry to continuation of uptime even throughout utility grid outages and function in Island Mode at six district websites sustaining service for vital refrigeration methods, precedence communications and emergency staging areas methods.