The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians held a ribbon-cutting event to commemorate commissioning the SPBMI Tribal Government Complex Microgrid on June 9, 2022, in Valley Center, California. SPBMI, in partnership with Gridscape and Industria Power, has deployed a solar microgrid to power the critical infrastructures.
The microgrid includes a new 156.25-kW solar parking canopy and a 480-kWh energy storage system, in addition to an existing 24-kW solar array.
The SPBMI Microgrid is an integrated renewable energy system that will maintain resilient energy supplies for critical facilities, including the San Pasqual Tribal Hall, Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Housing Services and Education buildings that serve as community shelters. Furthermore; this will help SPBMI achieve the objectives of its Energy & Resiliency Plan and will help reduce the tribe’s environmental footprint.
With microgrid controls provided by Gridscape, the system will supply solar energy to serve San Pasqual’s electricity needs during the daytime, storing excess generation for use during peak-pricing periods, and providing reserve power for resilience against utility outages including Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
“The SPBMI Microgrid system is a testament to the tribal quality of life and serves as a demonstration to many other tribal organizations in the U.S.,” said Vipul Gore, president and CEO of Gridscape. “We are immensely grateful and proud to work with SPBMI staff, Industria Power, Prosper Sustainability, and other partners in this exciting project.”
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