VIDEO: Black & Veatch, Schneider to build microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station

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Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric USA have formed a joint venture to design and construct an energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in San Diego, California.

The microgrid solution will allow operations at mission-critical facilities to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged.

The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation and will manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate renewable resources, advanced smart grid control systems and demand response capabilities.

“Our extensive experience with power generation, energy storage systems and power distribution and smart integrated infrastructure uniquely qualifies us to provide reliable and resilient microgrid systems,” said Bill Van Dyke, President of Special Projects for Black & Veatch. “Partnering with Schneider Electric will help us deliver a sustainable energy solution to enhance energy security for MCAS Miramar missions.”

The microgrid will power several facilities at the 12 kilovolt level during a utility grid outage and will use existing energy resources such as landfill gas, solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems for standard operations.

Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric will provide a fully permitted 7 megawatt diesel and natural gas power plant, updates to the energy control systems and integrated microgrid controls. All elements will be designed and built in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) security infrastructure and risk management requirements.

The new microgrid will integrate with the utility control system at Naval Base San Diego which will have redundant controls for additional energy security. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2018.  

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