Los Angeles solar + storage microgrid to power chargers for city’s 100+ electric buses
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will use a $6 million grant from the California Energy Commission to install a solar + storage microgrid to power one of the largest electric vehicle charging systems in the United States. supply the United States with power.
“Los Angeles is on track to achieve a zero-emission future and our investments in clean transportation systems are driving that progress,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The more electric vehicles we put on the street today, the more we can reduce emissions to be healthier and more sustainable tomorrow.”
The solar and storage microgrid combined with 104 EV chargers will support LADOT’s adoption of electric buses as the agency transitions to an all-electric fleet by 2028. charge electric vehicles and manage the total energy consumption for more than 100 electric buses.
“Meeting our climate and sustainability goals requires continued investment and urgent action,” said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. “This grant provides an essential support facility as we move closer to our goal of an all-electric fleet.”
LADOT will deploy 1.5 MW solar canopy on rooftops and buses in conjunction with a 4.5 MWh energy storage system supplied by Apparent at the Washington Bus Yard to power five Proterra 1.5 MW fleet chargers with 104 external EV charging dispensers. The microgrid will use Apparent’s Intelligent Grid Operating System (igOS) platform to integrate Proterra Energy’s charging infrastructure with power generation to coordinate how and when the electric buses are charged with energy generated from solar or from storage or utility company. With 7.5 MW of electric vehicle charging capacity, the project is one of the largest fleet charging facilities in the United States.
“Transit agencies and fleet managers need resilient, reliable charging solutions to enable the transition to electric fleets. This innovative project is a model for how we can power commercial electric vehicle fleets and support a sustainable, clean transportation future with renewable energy solutions. We are excited to extend the benefits of our technology to enable Los Angeles’ transition to zero-emission electric transit buses,” said Gareth Joyce, president of Proterra.
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