Scale Microgrid Solutions develops solar microgrid to power electric trucking fleet
Quality Custom Distribution (QCD), a division of Golden State Foods, has partnered with Scale Microgrid Solutions and InCharge Energy to electrify its Southern California fleet in La Puente. This electrification project, which includes the purchase of 30 zero-emission Volvo VNR Electric trucks, 16 chargers and a renewable energy microgrid to power the chargers, is funded in part by grants and incentives from HVIP, MSRC and the Last Mile Freight Program ( LMFP). This particular QCD fleet serves thousands of restaurant chains in the region, including a global coffeehouse brand.
QCD has demonstrated its commitment to electrification with its total order of 45 Volvo VNR Electric trucks. As one of the first distributors to bring the Volvo VNR Electric truck to California, QCD earned Heavy Duty Trucking’s recognition as one of the top 30 green fleets leading the way in sustainability in the U.S.
For the transition of the La Puente site to an electric fleet, a clean energy microgrid will be designed and installed to power the site’s new EV charging infrastructure and normal business operations. QCD’s charging infrastructure microgrid, developed by Scale Microgrid Solutions, will include features such as:
- A combined 1,200 kW rooftop solar, 250 kW solar carport, 3 MWh battery storage and 1,500 kW backup generation.
- A modular design approach utilizing pre-designed components, which speeds up the project construction and installation process, minimizes disruption to QCD fleet operations, and makes it easy and affordable to scale up as more EVs are added to the QCD fleet.
A microgrid will allow QCD to electrify its fleet more quickly and cost-effectively than a utility upgrade, which could take more than two years in Southern California. In addition, this system enables QCD to reduce their energy costs, guarantee the availability of power for recharging the fleet and minimize site downtime and environmental footprint in the event of a power outage.
QCD, Scale Microgrid Solutions and InCharge Energy have begun development on the project, with the microgrid being installed parallel to the EV charging infrastructure. The entire project will be completed in 2023.
“QCD’s long-term commitment to sustainability and the success of our customers depends on a reliable clean energy infrastructure, such as the on-site microgrid we are building at our distribution center in Los Angeles,” said Shane Blanchette, senior director of operations at QCD. “As we pursue emissions reduction initiatives, our partnership with Scale Microgrid Solutions and In-Charge Energy will enable QCD to leverage emerging clean energy technologies to power our growing battery-electric truck fleet and logistics operations, which currently serve more than 7,500 U.S. quick service restaurants.”
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