Energy Storage News
A front-of-meter microgrid combining 2.2MW of solar PV with a 9MWh battery has gone online in Humboldt County, northeast California, which its developers claim is the first of its kind.
The Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid (RCAM) is the first 100% renewable energy, front-of-meter, multi-customer microgrid to go online in the state, the press release said.
With the aid of a 2MW/9MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) made up of Tesla Megapacks, it will provide energy resilience for 19 customer groups including the California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport and US Coast Guard Air Station.
The Schatz Energy Research Center is the prime contractor and technology integrator, leading the design, testing and deployment of the microgrid. The owner of the BESS and solar PV is Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a local Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), a type of non-profit utility.