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Posted on: March 30, 2019

City of Fremont to Dedicate Solar Renewable Microgrid Demonstration Project

Microgrid Celebration

On April 2, the City of Fremont will celebrate the successful deployment of its Solar Renewable Microgrid System demonstration project through an official dedication ceremony.

“Merging Fremont’s continued bold climate leadership and dedication to supporting local entrepreneurship, this project has verified that renewable energy storage systems will aid in building a clean energy future for our community,” Fremont Mayor Lily Mei said. “Additionally, the City of Fremont’s proactive planning in partnership with Gridscape will ensure an uninterrupted power source for our public safety responders in the case of natural disaster emergency services operations.”

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

9 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Fremont Fire Station No. 6

4355 Central Avenue

Fremont, CA 94536

WHAT: A ribbon-cutting ceremony, microgrid demonstration, and remarks presented by California Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, Gridscape Solutions President and CEO Vipul Gore, and Fremont Chamber of Commerce CEO Cindy Bonior.

In 2015, Fremont entered into a public-private partnership with local cleantech startup Gridscape Solutions and the California Energy Commission to deploy microgrid systems at three of its fire stations to demonstrate islanding of critical infrastructure. Pairing solar photovoltaic (PV) carports with large battery systems, the participating fire stations can effectively and sustainably generate and store their own energy.

In addition to the protection of emergency service facilities against power outages, this program will reduce City utility bills by $214,844 over the 10-year Power Purchase Agreement term (in addition to the $32,027 saved during the demonstration period). The project will also decrease municipal greenhouse gas emission by around 80,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

The success of this Fremont case study has led to a proven model that Gridscape will replicate at various fires stations across the state. To register to attend this event, please visit Eventbrite.

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