EDF launches Innovation Drive Microgrid at North America headquarters


EDF Renewables North America has announced the operation of an innovative microgrid at its headquarters in San Diego, US.

The utility’s Innovation Drive Microgrid comprises a 209KWp solar carport, 182KWp solar rooftop, 280KW battery storage system and 43 electric vehicle chargers.

The solar and battery systems are managed by EDF’s Store and Forecast Energy Management platform to coordinate energy onsite energy production and consumption.

The system helps to reduce both energy and demand charges.

The EV chargers have been installed by PowerFlex leveraging an Adaptive Load Management system to maximise the delivery of energy to electric vehicles while reducing or eliminating the need for costly utility upgrades.

The system enables the management of load in line with the driver’s demand, building load, onsite generation, and other variables.

The solar and battery storage portions of the project qualify for Federal Investment Tax Credit and the Self-Generation Incentive Programme which provide rebates for qualifying distributed energy systems installed on the customer’s side of the utility meter.

Patrick Kelly, Director of EV Operations for EDF Renewables North America, said, “By combining EV infrastructure with solar and storage, we are able to offer the lowest cost of charging – for both capital and operating expenses. The system made financial sense particularly when SDG&E time-of-use (TOU) rates changed in 2019.”

Raphael Declercq, Executive Vice President, Distributed Solutions at EDF Renewables said, “We are very proud of our onsite project that allows integration of more renewable energy onto the grid that will save millions of dollars over the lifetime of the project. Our goal is to help businesses reduce their electricity bills while increasing the share of clean power and clean vehicles, in particular in our home state of California.”

EDF Renewables leases the property at 15445 Innovation Drive for their 450+ local employees.