Santa Margarita Water District to pair 12 MWh battery system with 1 MW solar array

By SB Staff May 19, 2022 View Profile

Santa Margarita Water District (District) gives protected, dependable ingesting water, recycled water and wastewater providers to over 200,000 residents in 9 distinctive communities in California. The District is the second largest retail water company in Orange County, by space, and third largest by clients served.

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Scale Microgrid Solutions is working with the District to put in, finance, and function 12MWh of energy storage techniques at their water and wastewater therapy services. The initiatives are designed to extend the resilience of the neighborhood’s water provides whereas additionally lowering prices. The services are in CPUC designated “High Fire Threat Territories” and are susceptible to utility power shut offs resulting from potential or precise wildfires. The initiatives will present 8+ hours of unpolluted backup power within the occasion of such an outage, eliminating the necessity for polluting diesel gasoline. Another advantage of the initiatives comes from the discount within the District’s energy prices, which have been rising shortly in recent times.

At the Chiquita Water Reclamation Plant, the energy storage system will pair with the location’s current 1MW of solar PV to retailer clear energy generated throughout the day and discharge within the evenings when energy costs are excessive and grid power is predominantly offered by pure fuel power crops.

The mission is using the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) to offset the preliminary value of the batteries. Scale will personal and function the batteries for the District, prioritizing financial savings and carbon discount throughout regular operations, and totally charging earlier than introduced power shutoff occasions to supply clear resiliency to the crops. The techniques may also enroll in utility demand response packages and contribute to the general stability of the grid throughout peak durations.

“The District is looking forward to working with Scale on the implementation phase of this project. We feel that the end product will benefit our customers through increased resiliency coupled with the ability to reduce energy costs, all while lowering our carbon footprint,” says Don Bunts, Deputy General Manager at Santa Margarita Water District.

“I cannot think of anything more important than access to reliable water, especially in high fire threat areas,” says Ryan Goodman, CEO and co-founder of Scale Microgrid Solutions. “This innovative project will provide Santa Margarita Water District with the energy independence to prepare for future environmental and economic challenges.”

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