Ventura County Public Works Agency (CA) Water and Sanitation Department (VCPWA-WS) will install a new Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and micro infrastructure -smart network associated with the Moorpark water recovery facility (MWRF). The project, in partnership with PowerFlex, will allow the plant to reduce energy costs and electricity tariffs during periods of high peak use when electricity is most expensive.
According to the VCPWA-WS, the BESS of 750 kilowatt (kW) 3,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and smart micro-grid infrastructure improvements will improve the redundancy of MWRF and maximize the use of its local green power generation. during a power failure.
The MWRF currently has a field of 999 kW solar panels to power the plant, a 1,000 kW diesel generator to power the plant in the event of an emergency power outage, and a Southern California Edison power supply. (SCE) to provide electricity when solar power is not available. Battery storage and micro-grid will integrate with existing systems to isolate the facility during a power outage to maintain operations.
âThe aim of the VCPWA-WS is to always be alert to opportunities that have the capacity to improve the infrastructure of the district, to keep abreast of new technological improvements and to be aware of its role in the improving our environment and reducing costs for the customers it serves, âsaid Joe Pope, director of water and sanitation, in a statement.
The project is funded by leveraging PowerFlex’s funding model as well as incentive funding provided by the California Public Utilities Commission’s Self-Generating Incentive Program (SGIP) Equity Resilience Budget. (CPUC). It is estimated that the project will save the district and its customers $ 355,400 over the 15-year battery life through reduced demand charges and energy costs during peak hours.