CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON INTEGRATED MICROGRID AND CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S RIDEON ELECTRIC BUS FLEET AT BROOKVILLE SMART ENERGY BUS DEPOT
- Sep 10, 2021 3:32 pm GMT
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"The Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot project falls in line with our ambitious climate action plan to reduce all carbon emissions by 2035," said County Executive
"Today's groundbreaking at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot brings us closer to electrifying our bus fleets and reducing greenhouse emissions,"
"These past few weeks alone, we have witnessed dangerous glimpses of how climate change can derail communities," said
"This is the third microgrid project undertaken by
"MCDOT has committed to a zero-emissions fleet by 2035," said MCDOT Director
The 5.6 MW microgrid includes distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity. AlphaStruxure will soon implement a strategy to transition the onsite gas generation to carbon neutral sources, allowing the microgrid to run on 100 percent renewable energy in alignment with the County's goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2035. Transitioning 44 buses from diesel to electric will reduce lifetime emissions by 62 percent, which is equivalent to 155,000 tons of greenhouse gases, and lower air pollution in the community.
"Decarbonizing the transportation sector is critical to mitigating climate change, making fleet electrification an utmost priority for local governments and transit agencies. But the transition to zero-emission fleets is not without its challenges," said
The project improves the County's climate resilience, ensuring uninterrupted bus services during emergencies, even in the event of multi-day utility grid outages. The microgrid's lithium-ion battery system will also participate in a Demand Response program with
The Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot will ensure a ready supply of sustainable, resilient and cost-effective power for the County's new electric bus fleet. By charging from its own power supply, the County will avoid utility demand charges and won't have to set bus charging schedules around the utility's time-of-use rates. The project ensures operational flexibility, providing the County with full control over dispatch and bus routing. The Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot provides a national model for municipalities and private fleet owners to efficiently deploy the charging infrastructure and distributed energy resources that this transition requires.
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