The integrated solar, battery, and generator system will be the first operational remote grid for California’s largest investor-owned utility.
March 18, 2021 MARIPOSA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA - BoxPower, a leader in the hybrid solar microgrid space, is designing and installing a standalone power system in Briceburg, California to help mitigate fire risk in the area.
The remote grid will support Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in its wildfire mitigation and energy resilience efforts in the face of intensifying fire risk across the state. Slated for completion in April, the integrated solar, battery, and generator system will replace traditional power distribution lines once servicing the unincorporated community.
Rather than rebuild or repair its damaged power lines in Briceburg, PG&E is working with BoxPower to build a remote grid system. In addition to reducing wildfire risk, on-site power improves energy resilience: Briceburg will no longer be subject to Public Safety Power Shutoff events. The community will also benefit from reduced greenhouse gas emissions since the solar with propane backup system provides up to an estimated 89 percent renewable energy.
In a public regulatory filing, PG&E said that it has identified the potential for “an eventual portfolio of several hundred Remote Grid line segment opportunities in total… [that] would serve a small but significant number of locations at the edge of the distribution system where energy use is low, but delivery infrastructure challenges are high.”
The Remote Grid System at a Glance
- Designed, installed, and operated by BoxPower; owned by PG&E
- 96 Canadian Solar 380W panels resulting in a nominal PV power of 36.5kW
- 69.12 kWh lithium ferro phosphate battery bank
- 27.2kW of continuous power output; surge capacity of up to 48kW
- Two integrated 35 kVA propane prime power generators
- Fire suppression system
PG&E and BoxPower can monitor and control the system via satellite, with remote performance monitoring, reporting, and automated fuel delivery capabilities.
“It’s exciting to be working in this new area of utility-owned remote power systems, and even more so to be actively striving to protect California from devastating wildfires. We are thrilled to be working on a solution that can lead to a more sustainable, resilient, and safe electric distribution system.”
Angelo Campus, CEO / Co-founder at BoxPower
About BoxPower: BoxPower provides clean, reliable, and affordable energy to rural consumers. Our ecosystem of software and hardware solutions optimize the performance and accelerate the deployment of microgrids. From energy audit to operation, BoxPower provides turnkey engineering, construction, and management services.
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