FEBRUARY 14-16, 2023 | Long Beach, CA   Register Now

Solar + Storage Microgrids: Applications for Electric Transit, Rural Utility Service Models, & Low-Income Community Resiliency

January 14, 2022
10:30 am-11:30 am
Track: Storage – Customer-Sited / Distributed
Tom Cheyney


Steven W. Pullins


Bennett Chabot

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Sequoya Cross

SimpliPhi Power

Jurisdictions across the country are deploying and installing microgrids for their clean energy, economic, resiliency and flexibility benefits. This session will feature three different microgrid case studies across the country, evaluating the opportunities, challenges, lessons learned, and industry applications associated with each:

  1. Remote Grids: A New Utility Service Model for Rural California: In 2020, California’s IOUs started deploying Remote Grids as an alternative ‘off-grid’ power solution for end-of-the-line customers, typically located in High Fire Threat Districts. These standalone power systems combine solar PV, battery storage, and backup generators to replace overhead powerlines. Speakers will discuss the benefits of Remote Grids and how these decentralized technologies fit into the future vision of California’s electrical grid.
  2.  Solar Storage Microgrid-Enabled Electric Transit: Discuss the Brookville Smart Bus Depot project, based in Montgomery County, Maryland, as a case study into solar-storage Microgrids for heavy duty fleet electrification through public-private partnerships.
  3. Addressing Diverse LMI Community Needs Through Sustainable Microgrids in Washington, DC: Review two case studies of solar + storage microgrid projects that demonstrate DER benefits to multiple stakeholders and serve diverse, underserved populations by building community resilience.
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