Southern California Edison to sustain grid reliability using Hybrid Electric Buildings


Black & Veatch has completed constructing 20 Hybrid Electric Buildings in Irvine, California.

The development of the Hybrid Electric Buildings is part of a joint-project between Black & Veatch and Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to provide Southern California Edison (SCE) with 50MW of battery storage capacity.

The Hybrid Electric Buildings comprise energy storage batteries, onsite renewable energy generation resources and energy management technologies to reduce the building’s energy use from the grid during peak periods.

The energy storage systems will be used as back-up power and are expected to help SCE reduce peak energy consumption and reduce the need for additional power plants to meet demand.

AMS and Black & Veatch will also use the solution to provide clean and affordable energy to utilities including Irvine Ranch Water District and Inland Empire Utility Association.

To date, Black & Veatch and AMS have 10MW of power, supplying over 60MWH of battery storage, in the design and permitting phase.

Under the partnership with AMS, Black & Veatch is providing site design, electrical engineering, permitting and construction services.

Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS, said: “The Hybrid Electric Building represents a new class of resource for balancing the grid and our commitment to meeting higher demands for efficient energy.

“Working with a trusted EPC partner like Black & Veatch allows us to integrate more renewable resources on the grid.”