Power Engineering – Ameresco Building renewable-battery storage microgrid at California wastewater plant

Renewables developer Ameresco will design and build a microgrid for a California community utility.

McKinleyville Community Services District selected Ameresco to plan, design, procure, install and commission a microgrid at its wastewater treatment plant. McKinley CSD provides water, wastewater, parks and recreational services for about 17,000 residents along the Pacific coast in northern California.

The microgrid will include battery storage capacity and renewables.

“As part of our community’s broader sustainability efforts, this project creates a pathway for our local wastewater treatment facility to reach net-zero emissions,” said MCSD Manager Greg Orsini. “By bringing new, clean energy sources on-site and adding battery storage, the facility will produce as much energy as it consumes and be better prepared to withstand potential utility outages in the future.”

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