Las Positas College announced that they will participate in a microgrid project funded by a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to enable the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District to integrate renewable energy sources into its operations, curb peak power and achieve greater energy independence.

The District will install Imergy Power Systems' ESP30 series institutional scale vanadium redox flow batteries with a total capacity of 250 kilowatt / 1 megawatt-hour as part of the microgrid, which will be managed by the Geli's Energy Operating System and Energy Management applications. The energy storage system, to be installed at Las Positas College in Livermore, will enhance an existing 2.35 MW solar array that generates 55% of the energy needed at the campus, 3,200 ton-hours of ice thermal storage, and ten Level II EV charging stations to form a smart microgrid, capturing approximately $75,000 in annual energy savings for the District.

Part of the Commission's $26.5 million Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program to develop a roadmap for energy smart communities, the project is designed to demonstrate how microgrids can help colleges and universities gain greater control over their energy consumption and costs while maintaining security and safety. Imergy's technology will be used to reduce peak power, balance energy loads, and "island" individual applications for greater reliability and resiliency, among other applications. Las Positas College consists of 435,000 square feet of facilities and includes a 15,000 square foot maintenance and operations complex designated as an emergency response facility by the Alameda County Emergency Preparedness Agency.

Vanadium Redox Flow Battery