VIDEO: California tribe installs renewable energy microgrid

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The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is installing a California Tribal renewable energy microgrid system this summer in Loleta, California.

The Bear River Band’s new microgrid combines wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage.

Working with JLM Energy, the Tish Non Community Center on the Bear River Rancheria, will install an advanced energy storage system, complemented by onsite renewable energy generation. JLM’s Gridz system will provide a 30 kW microgrid.

The system will support the building’s operations during a power outage. In addition, the system actively works to reduce demand charges. The Gridz microgrid solution is supported by a 100kW photovoltaic solar system and twenty of JLM’s Zefr wind turbines, providing an integrated approach to sustainable energy.

Gridz will enable the Tish Non Tribe to reduce the community center’s energy use by shaving peak demand charges. JLM’s cloud-based energy management software, Measurz, monitors loads in real-time for efficiency and energy optimization.

The JLM-designed system is unique in that it combines a microgrid with wind and solar energy in an integrated system. This hybrid system provides peak demand energy reduction at the community center, offsets energy expenses and assists the Tish Non Tribe in gaining energy independence and sustainable self-reliance.

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