The World Business Academy, in partnership with the contractor we selected, the Clean Coalition, has been building support for the Montecito Community Microgrid Initiative (MCMI), a project featuring three “behind-the-meter” critical facility microgrids located at the Montecito Fire District (MFD), Montecito Water District (MWD), and Montecito Union School (MUS) in Montecito’s Upper Village.
To date, the MFD microgrid design is almost finalized and pending approval, The MWD microgrid design is underway and on November 20th, the MUS District issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to build solar parking canopies and rooftop systems at MUS that include electrical staging for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI). Clean Coalition anticipates that the MWD and MUS design will be completed a few months following completion of the MFD design. To help cover initial capital costs and secure a finance partner for the three projects, the Academy raised $749,617 as part of a local philanthropic resilience fund.
As designed, these microgrids will cover more than just the 10% most critical loads 100% of the time and will be capable of serving more load over shorter periods as shown in the graph below. Additionally, the savings from energy generated on-site will help pay for overall system cost.