Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrids, Utilities - June 24, 2022
SDG&E to Add Four Microgrids
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) received approval on June 23 from the California Public Utilities Commission to build four microgrids equipped with energy storage.
These small-scale grids that operate independently or parallel to the larger regional grid will also help keep critical community facilities powered during unexpected outages.
The projects will add a total of approximately 39 MW/180 MWh of storage capacity at four company substations.
“These clean energy projects will help our region become more resilient to the impacts of our worsening climate,” said SDG&E Vice President of Energy Innovation Miguel Romero in a statement. “They will dispatch clean energy to the grid when needed and keep critical facilities like schools, Cool Zones, and fire stations powered during emergencies.”
The four new projects, slated to be completed in summer 2023 are the latest of a series of energy storage investments by SDG&E, including the opening of Top Gun, a 30 MW facility, in June 2021 and Kearny Energy Storage, a 20 MW facility, in March 2022.