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Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric to design and build microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

New system to power mission-critical facilities in the event of outage

Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric USA have formed a joint venture to design and construct an energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, in San Diego, California. The microgrid solution will allow operations at mission-critical facilities to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged.

The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation and will manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate renewable resources, advanced smart grid control systems and demand response capabilities.

“Our extensive experience with power generation, energy storage systems and power distribution and smart integrated infrastructure uniquely qualifies us to provide reliable and resilient microgrid systems.”

Bill Van Dyke, President of Special Projects for Black & Veatch 

“Partnering with Schneider Electric will help us deliver a sustainable energy solution to enhance energy security for MCAS Miramar missions.”

The microgrid will power several facilities at the 12 kilovolt level during a utility grid outage and will utilize existing energy resources such as landfill gas, solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems for standard operations. Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric will provide a fully permitted 7 megawatt diesel and natural gas power plant, updates to the energy control systems and integrated microgrid controls. All elements will be designed and built in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) security infrastructure and risk management requirements.

The new microgrid will integrate with the utility control system at Naval Base San Diego which will have redundant controls for additional energy security. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2018.

“Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric bring together an industry-leading portfolio of expertise, equipment and service to develop and operate an efficient, safe and sustainable microgrid energy solution,” said Daniel Vesey, U.S. Navy Global Account Manager, Energy and Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric USA. “Through this unique joint venture, two worldwide industry leaders will deploy a team of experts that can deliver innovative, best-in-class, microgrid technologies that ensure reliability, resiliency and energy independence for our Marines and Sailors under any circumstance.” 

Editor's Notes

  • Contracting activity was performed through the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest (NAVFAC Southwest). 
  • This project directly supports a DoD initiative to deploy 3 gigawatts of renewable energy throughout military installments by 2025.
  • More than 15,000 service members and their families reside at MCAS Miramar, which is home to Marines and Sailors from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

About Schneider Electric 
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$30 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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