PG&E selects New Sun Road to manage, control fleet of rural microgrids

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New Sun Road partnered with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to provide its Stellar Microgrid OS as the remote monitoring and control platform for PG&E’s growing fleet of hybrid renewable energy standalone power systems.

These rural grids can permanently replace overhead distribution power lines or provide power during Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in High Fire-Threat Districts (HFTD), improving reliability and significantly reducing wildfire risk. Stellar remotely operates systems in over 23 countries.

“PG&E has identified many locations where remote grids may be the most effective way of reducing wildfire risk and improving electric reliability in the communities we at PG&E are privileged to serve. As we expand the use of these standalone power systems, we are set up for success with a standardized platform for our operations, engineering, and asset management teams to best understand real-time and historic system performance. We’re excited to work with a growing hometown company offering technology tailored to remote, off grid-systems,” said Jason Glickman, PGE’s Vice President, Engineering, Planning and Strategy.

The Stellar-managed system uses solar energy, combined with battery storage and backup propane generation to provide electricity to remote customers as an alternative to traditional poles and wires. Stellar’s machine learning algorithms optimize performance to ensure maximum usage of clean energy.

Throughout PG&E’s 70,000 square-mile service area, isolated pockets of remote customers are served via long electric distribution lines that in many cases traverse through HFTD areas. Replacing these distribution lines with a reliable and low-carbon local energy source is a feasible option and often a preferred option for serving remote customers at the edges of the grid.

With plans to scale the program to more than 30 systems by 2026, additional remote grid sites are currently being assessed across HFTDs in PG&E’s service area, including El Dorado, Mariposa, Tulare and Tehama counties, which will be managed on New Sun Road’s Stellar platform.

“New Sun Road’s Stellar platform will manage PG&E’s fleet of standalone systems, ensuring maximized solar usage and high reliability,” said Jalel Sager, New Sun Road CEO and co-founder.

In Briceburg, California, PG&E’s first Stand Alone Power system has been operating successfully using New Sun Road’s Stellar for over a year. And it remained operational throughout the duration of the recent Oak Fire, while many powerlines serving customers around the fire’s footprint were de-energized for safety.

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