Microgrids Help Ensure System’s Sustainability

Two issues spurred growth of microgrids: broader higher-acuity care and increased threat of natural disasters

By By Dan Hounsell
April 12, 2021

The 2019 blackouts in California left some hospitals without steady access to electricity and tested their emergency response strategies, but facilities and communities that focused on resilience have tended to fare the best. Self-sufficient microgrids created pockets of respite during the most recent round of blackouts.

In 2020, Kaiser Permanente became the first U.S. healthcare system to achieve carbon-neutral status, and a renewable energy microgrid project at a hospital in Richmond, Calif., is one example of the organization’s innovative plan to reach its environmental goals, according to Health Facilities Management.

For decades, Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals have had microgrids powered by diesel generators to provide backup power during outages and ensure patient care is not interrupted. Two issues have made microgrids even more essential: higher-acuity care at more locations and the increased threat of outages due to wildfires and extreme heat.

In 2018, the California Energy Commission funded a project at Kaiser Permanente’s Richmond Medical Center to install 1 megawatt-hour of battery storage and a 250-kilowatt solar power system. The project has demonstrated the ability of distributed storage to reduce the demand for electricity powered by fossil fuels and the additional resiliency the renewable energy microgrid provides.




See the latest posts on our homepage Share

Topic Area: Sustainable Operations


Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Tackling Infection in Senior Living Communities


Sodexo program implements enhanced cleaning protocols that fight the spread of infection to protect residents, staff and their families.

9/29/2022

The Role of Paper Towel Dispensers in Cutting Costs


As organizations search cost savings, more are taking a closer look at paper towel dispensers.

9/29/2022

Live Give Play and Spiritos Properties Plan New Luxury Senior Facility


The five-story facility is expected to open in late 2024.

9/29/2022

Legionella Prevention in Cooling Tower Systems


With the support of a team of experts, managers can effectively prevent, detect and respond to positive Legionella tests.

9/28/2022

States Strengthen Assisted Living Regulations


Over 90 percent of assisted living facilities require a consumer disclosure agreement.

9/28/2022






FREE
NEWSLETTER

News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.



You Might Like