Tom York on Business: Power Supply Microgrid San Pasqual Tribal Complex

Cutting ribbon for microgrid
Ribbon cutting for the microgrid serving the tribal government complex of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. Photo courtesy of Gridscape

Lots of clean energy developments in the San Diego area over the past week.

leaders from the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians say they have commissioned a new microgrid to serve the tribal government complex at Valley Center.

A microgrid is defined as a self-contained power system that provides electricity to a specific geographic area, such as a college campus, medical complex, shopping center or, in this case, tribal areas, when the main power sources are disrupted by storms and other natural disasters.

The network has “control capabilities,” meaning it can disconnect from the larger electrical grid and work independently to generate the power needed for emergency services such as police and firefighters.

One or more types of distributed energy, such as solar, wind, cogeneration and generators, generate electrical power within a microgrid. The latest microgrids now have batteries to store electricity for emergency use.

When power goes out, the new microgrid will power the tribal lands through a combination of solar production and energy stored in the system’s batteries.

Grid landscape, which has offices in Fremont as well as the UK and India, has installed the network system. Officials said the equipment can generate 90% of the power needed from the grid, which can reduce costs and provide clean backup power.

The City of San Diego, which is installing eight microgrids, including at a fire station and three police stations, said its systems will help reduce electricity consumption by 25% by 2035 from 2010 levels. city ​​must be installed, financed and owned by Shell new energies

Based on San Diego EDF Renewables North America said it has been awarded three contracts that will generate a total of 1 gigawatt of solar power to provide clean energy for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Stephane Desdunes, an executive for EDF’s Northeast Region, said: “With more than 1,000 MW of solar and storage projects still in the development pipeline, EDF Renewables looks forward to working side-by-side with NYSERDA and the State of New York to deliver the achieve a 70% target by 2030 and provide clean energy to the people of New York.”

EDF is an independent energy producer with 35 years of expertise in renewable energy, according to a press statement.

san diegos California American Water announced that Highland Tank Conduit-Hydro Clean Energy Projecta clean energy recovery infrastructure effort with New York-based Rentricity

State sponsored Commission on Public Utilities, the project aims to modernize the pressure control infrastructure. When completed, the system will generate between 75 and 125 kilowatts of power per day.

Rentricity’s technology captures excess pressure and flow in gravity-fed water distribution pipelines, which is converted into clean energy for the utility grid or at the customer’s site.

California American Water’s Highland Tank here in San Diego, to be retrofitted with two generator turbines, is certified for safe drinking water and will maximize annual power generation during daily and seasonal cycles.

California American Water, a New Jersey subsidiary of American Water, provides reliable water and wastewater services to more than 725,000 users.

Jennie Brooksa top manager in the local office of corporate business consultant Booz Allen Hamiltontook the reins as chairman of the board for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

Jennie Brooks

The EDC is the local nonprofit organization “mobilizing government and civic leaders around an inclusive economic development strategy to connect data with decision-making, maximize regional wealth, increase global competitiveness, and effectively position San Diego for investment and talent.”

The group says its 200 members range from startups such as SkySafe to the largest employers such as Qualcomm and SDG&E

“As the senior leader of a major San Diego consulting and technology company, Jennie is perfectly positioned to lead EDC at this unique time,” said Mark Cafferty, the chief executive of the EDC. “With a pandemic still not behind us, Jennie’s leadership, dedication and deep understanding of San Diego’s strengths and opportunities are exactly what the organization needs as we continue to build the business case for inclusion.”

Four officers will support Brooks in her role as chairman: Rob Douglasa manager at ResMedLisette Islasa manager at MAACTom Seidlera manager for the San Diego Padres† and Barbara Wighta manager at Taylor Guitars

San Diego dodges a bullet when it comes to a recent decline in US luxury home sales, according to a recent analysis by online residential real estate broker redfin

According to the analysis, national luxury sales fell nearly 18% year-on-year during the three months ended April 30, the biggest drop since the start of the coronavirus pandemic shook the housing market.

But the average sale price of luxury homes here rose 31% for the year!

The luxury market is cooling nationwide as rising interest rates, falling stock markets, inflation and economic security contribute to a decline in demand, Redfin said.

“Luxury sales growth began to slow in the spring and summer of 2021, amid an extreme shortage of high-end homes for sale, limiting the number of homes that could be sold. While inventory shortages have begun to ease, the shortage of luxury homes on the market is likely still contributing to the decline in luxury sales,” a press release said.

Another real estate-related item worth mentioning… San Diego is the most beautiful city in America; we all know that. Now comes a little validation, from the apartment rental website RentCafe

According to the latest ranking compiled by RentCafe based on 17 measurements, we are ranked 50th in a list of the 50 best rental properties in the country. That’s kind of low, but we were the only community in California to make this list.

We have the 4th best quality of life overall, thanks to the 3rd place in education across the country, and also the 3rd place when it comes to recreational facilities that residents have access to. Moreover, a large number of apartments can be found in prime locations, close to shopping centers that are easily accessible by public transport or by private car.

Just a few more points… San Diego’s economy is one of the most competitive in the US, offering the eighth highest level of income and the seventh highest level in job growth opportunities.

Although San Diego ranks last on the list of the top 50 cities for renters due to its prohibitive cost of living, it makes up for it with a spacious average apartment size of 856 square feet — with high-end units representing more than half of the city’s entirety. housing stock.

Finally, these two life science items of interest…Entos Pharmaceuticals recently held a grand opening for its new collaborative life sciences research facility, with office and laboratory space, in Torrey Pines. Entos, headquartered in Canada, says it is developing genetic drugs that target the cell directly. The company recently closed a major deal with Eli Lilly and Co to support the development of genetic therapies for multiple neurological indications.

Meanwhile, another local cancer biotech based in San Diego Artiva Biotherapeutics, which aims to develop natural killer cell therapies that are safe and accessible to cancer patients, recently opened its US corporate offices and lab space here. The 52,000-square-foot facility will include a multi-suite cell manufacturing center to support the company’s product development pipeline.

Tom York is an independent journalist from Carlsbad who specializes in writing about business and the economy. If you have any news tips you’d like to share, send them to [email protected]

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