Microgrid Keeps the Power Local, Cheap, and Reliable

Monday, July 23, 2012

A California jail offers a glimpse of the economic and environmental benefits of locally generated energy.

Microgrid Keeps the Power Local, Cheap, and Reliable

A California jail offers a glimpse of the economic and environmental benefits of locally generated energy.

"A recently completed distributed energy project at the large, 4,000-inmate Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, California, ties together power from fuel cells, solar panels, wind turbines, and diesel generators—all located at the jail—to form a microgrid that can operate independently of large, centralized power plants. The system keeps the power on when storms take down the grid, which is essential for safety at the maximum security facility, and it's saving the jail about $100,000 a year."