A Novel, Renewable Energy Microgrid for a California Healthcare Facility

The California Energy Commission awarded a $4.78M grant to Charge Bliss, Inc. through PON- 14-301 to design, engineer, build, and operate the first renewable energy microgrid for a hospital in California at the Kaiser Permanente facility in Richmond, California. The hospital is the only general hospital serving western Contra Costa County providing … [Read more...]

A Call for the Microgrid Industry to Join Forces Following Rejection of Carson, California Project

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A California developer is calling for the microgrid industry to join forces to improve communications with communities following the rejection of a project by Carson, California earlier this month. Craig Wooster, manager of the Stone Edge Farm microgrid, has issued an open letter saying the microgrid industry must find a way to speak with a … [Read more...]

Carson City Council Postpones Decision on Microgrid. Project’s Future Uncertain

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The future of the Carson microgrid remains uncertain following the city council’s failure to act on the project this week, as the deadline looms for a $10 million California Energy Commission (CEC) grant. The Carson city council voted Tuesday to delay until September 4 a decision on whether or not to go forward with the project. At … [Read more...]

Surprise, Confusion and Now a Closer Look at the Carson Microgrid

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The city council of Carson, California has opted to take a closer look at a community microgrid proposed by Charge Bliss, although the city manager recommended that the project be nixed. With a September deadline looming for a potential $10 million state grant, the council scheduled a workshop on the microgrid for Tuesday, August 14. The … [Read more...]

Will this California City Become a Shining Example for Microgrids or a Cautionary Tale?

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To David Bliss the proposed Carson solar project offers the best of what the microgrid industry offers: a way to help green the energy supply of a disadvantaged community, save it some money, and provide electric reliability. So the founder of Charge Bliss is bewildered by what he’s about to face today: a possible vote by the city council to … [Read more...]

Kaiser Permanente, Project Partners Showcase Hospital Solar-Storage Microgrid Demonstration

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A solar-storage microgrid demonstration at a California hospital aims to deliver substantial energy cost savings, as well as enhance reliability, resiliency and environmental quality. Renewable energy microgrids, such as the one up and running at Kaiser Permanente's Richmond Medical Center, have the potential to reduce hospitals' energy bills by … [Read more...]