The Sonoma County Junior College District has partnered with the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and other key agencies to develop a microgrid on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus that will reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions, increase electricity reliability, and lower the college’s energy costs.
With funding from the California Energy Commission, CSE is evaluating, testing and verifying three types of distributed energy resource (DER) elements – photovoltaic (PV) generation, energy storage, and load reduction and control systems – all managed by a single microgrid controller. The new equipment will be integrated with existing solar PV installations as well as an existing battery.
The 100+ acre campus is located in a region of Northern California that has been devastated by wildfires in recent years. The demonstration project, which runs from 2019 to 2023, is part of the college’s strategy to build resilience to planned and unplanned power outages and reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change.