Smart Microgrid System Offering Cutting-Edge Energy Management and Storage to be Unveiled

Aug 21, 2012, 12:26 ET from National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A "first of its kind," recently installed "Smart Microgrid System" that generates solar energy for multiple applications through advanced technologies and energy storage, will be showcased by the Electrical Training Institute (6023 S. Garfield Ave, City of Commerce) at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 22, at 4:30 p.m.

The event will take place as part of the annual electrical industry barbeque, sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the IBEW & NECA Labor-Management Cooperation Committee -- composed of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 11 and the Los Angeles County Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). 

Developed by PDE Total Energy Solutions, the system employs state-of-the-art technology. Energy captured by solar panels is stored in batteries through a specialized inverter designed for charging electric vehicles, serving as an emergency power source and reducing peak demand on the utility grid. 

"Until now, microgrids have mostly been designed for use by the military," Don Davis, executive director of the ETI said.  "This microgrid system is intended to show how both public and private sectors can better manage energy usage and implement an uninterruptable power supply for critical applications."

The microgrid's technologies support California's Renewable Portfolio Standards Program, which requires that 33% of the state's electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2020.

The annual electrical industry barbeque provides an opportunity for electrical inspectors, elected representatives and city and county officials to learn about advancements in the electrical industry.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the IBEW & NECA Labor-Management Cooperation Committee is a Labor-Management partnership that advances electrical technologies for the unionized electrical construction industry to meet future industry needs. 


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