TAHOE, Calif., (Nov 30, 2020) – Liberty (CalPeco Electric) LLC announced today that construction of its first microgrid is complete and in operation at UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station. A microgrid is a decentralized electric source and distribution that can provide electric power to an isolated area of the electrical distribution system and be synchronized with the full system, providing additional power and load balancing. The Sagehen Microgrid is comprised of 48 solar panels and 53kWh of battery storage, with emergency generator back up. The system allows Sagehen to operate almost exclusively on solar power during the summer months and will contribute to Liberty’s ongoing wildfire mitigation efforts.
“This project is a great example of our wildfire mitigation infrastructure hardening improvements”, said Eliot Jones, Liberty’s Sr. Manager Wildfire Prevention. “The microgrid will allow us to de-energize four miles of power line in the summer months which runs through dense vegetation in one of our higher risk areas for fire,” said Jones.
“Although wildfire mitigation and prevention is top of mind, especially during the hot dry summer months in California, this project also contributes to our organization’s sustainability and 100% renewable energy goals for Liberty (CalPeco Electric) LLC,” said Lindsay Maruncic, Liberty’s Sr. Manager Renewable Energy Assets. “This is the first microgrid in our service territory and represents progress toward the diversification and modernization of our electrical system”, said Maruncic.
Located off Highway 89, just north of Truckee, California, Sagehen Creek Field Station is a research and teaching facility that benefits both the University and students of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. The University of California Berkeley has been an exceptional partner in the success of this project. The addition of the micro grid will be both an educational and environmental asset for all. “We are thrilled to be the site of Liberty’s first microgrid”, said Robert Rhew, the UC Berkeley Faculty Director of Sagehen. “Two major themes of research at our field station involve wildfire risk management and environmental change in the Sierra Nevada. The solar microgrid addresses both of these societal concerns by reducing both the risk of wilderness ignition and the emissions of radiatively active gases.”
For additional information about Liberty or its sustainability efforts, customers are asked to visit http://libertyutilities.com/cleanenergy/ or call 1-800-782-2506.
A subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX/NYSE: AQN), Liberty is committed to providing safe and reliable natural gas, water, and electricity distribution services to over one million customer connections. Liberty’s operations are primarily located in the United States and Canada, but have expanded to Chile and Bermuda. With a customer-centric approach to management, Liberty provides a superior customer experience through local management of walk-in centers, conservation and energy efficiency initiatives, and programs for businesses and residential customers. We measure our performance in terms of service reliability, customer satisfaction, and an unwavering dedication to public and workplace safety. Liberty’s North American distribution operations include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma and Texas in the United States, and New Brunswick, Canada. For more information, please visit www.libertyutilities.com<http://www.libertyutilities.com>.
Liberty’s renewable energy business develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of long-term contracted wind, solar, and hydroelectric generating facilities representing over 2 GW of installed capacity and more than 1.4 GW of incremental renewable energy capacity under construction. As an independent power producer, Liberty delivers stable and growing earnings from a diversified portfolio of non-regulated renewable and clean energy powered electric generation facilities; demonstrates a responsible attitude to the environment and the community partners that host its facilities; recognizes that continued development of people is key to success; and provides continuing growth from a robust pipeline of greenfield renewable power projects and value accretive acquisitions. For more information, please visit www.algonquinpower.com.
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