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Disasters and Energy Resilience Microgrid Tour

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Santa Rosa Junior College

1501 Mendocino Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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The Sonoma County Junior College District/Santa Rosa Junior College has a Vision for being a leader in Sustainability and creating a "Strong Culture of Sustainability" both for it college campuses and the community at large. This Vision has to led to visionary goals such as becoming a Zero Net Energy District Source by 2030, Carbon Neutral Operations by 2030, and Zero Non Potable Water Ready by 2030. In the pursuit of these Sustainability Goals the college has created strict sustainable building standards and allocated local general obligation bond dollars matched with state funding to create a multi-million dollar sustainability capital projects program. These funds were used to leverage an additional $5 million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission for creating a demonstration micro-grid and business case to support local resilience and California's goals of a 100% renewable energy future.

The tour will begin with a review of the process taken by a public agency to analyze at a high level what it takes to have a microgrid, then go through the process of how senior-level managers were included in the design process and the eventual approval by the District's governing board to develop a microgrid. This will be followed by a review of the current microgrid design, completed infrastructure to date and future infrastructure integration. A tour will take place that will show currently completed infrastructure as well as old infrastructure that will be retrofitted to integrated into the future microgrid.

Finally the group will reconvene and discuss both challenges, and solutions to getting microgrids to become a reality in their local jurisdictions.

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Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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