First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid at Santa Rita Jail
Jail Can Now Power Itself Without Connection to the Utility Grid
Alameda County and Chevron Energy Solutions joined federal, state and local officials to unveil a microgrid that enables the county’s Santa Rita Jail to sustain power should its connection to the utility grid be interrupted. The $11.7 million project, known as a smart grid, will allow Santa Rita Jail to ensure it has a supply of reliable electricity for its daily operations and security, and will save the county approximately $100,000 per year in energy costs. Chevron Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, designed, developed and built the project, which was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission. The smart grid is the first of its kind in the country.
- Press Release (PDF 59kb) *
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 25kb) *
- Project Fact Sheet (PDF 168kb) *
- Santa Rita Jail Microgrid Components Diagram (PDF 473kb) *
- Achievements In Energy and Water Efficiency (PDF 411kb) *
- Smart Grid System Overview (PDF 14kb) *
- Project Overview (PDF 43kb) *
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