NEWS: Tesla & Squaw Valley Announce “Olympic Valley Microgrid Project”

NEWS: Tesla & Squaw Valley Announce “Olympic Valley Microgrid Project”

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NEWS: Tesla & Squaw Valley Announce “Olympic Valley Microgrid Project”


Tesla’s Powerpacks will power an energy storage installation at Squaw Valley in North Tahoe, California. reports Squaw and Liberty Utilities have announced the proposed “Olympic Valley Microgrid Project” in the North Tahoe region.

“Battery energy storage can facilitate use of renewable energy sources. Battery storage can also improve service reliability and help offset purchases from fossil fuel sources during times of high electricity demand, saving money for our customers. The Olympic Valley Microgrid project proposal is just one piece in a larger mosaic of renewable energy and battery energy storage projects that Liberty Utilities is exploring throughout our service territory.” -Greg Sorensen Liberty Utilities Western Region President

Squaw will be providing the land for the battery system, which will provide grid services and have a power capacity of 8 MW. Local renewable electricity will charge the system which should help the company achieve its goal of being 100% powered by renewable energy by the end of the year.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows President and COO Andy Wirth commented:

“It is inspiring to work with a motivated and innovative utility provider like Liberty Utilities on a project that will bring tangible, long-lasting benefits to the power grid that supplies our entire community. This project has the ability to significantly increase the resiliency of Olympic Valley’s current power sources, and help set the entire Tahoe Truckee region on a path toward a greater goal of identifying and implementing 100 percent renewable energy sources.”

The project has been submitted for review and approval by the California Public Utilities Commission and Placer County ahead of the start of construction.

Squaw has an entire page dedicated to their goals of being 100% renewable you should check out HERE.

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