Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Powers Marine Base

May 14, 2019
A subset of the critical loads are served by CleanSpark’s advanced solar plus storage microgrid.

CleanSpark, Inc. (OTCQB: CLSK), a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software, and controls for innovative distributed energy resource (DER) and microgrid deployments has achieved government acceptance of its solar plus storage microgrid located at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Camp Pendleton is the major West Coast base of the United States Marine Corps and is one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the US. It is located on the Southern California coast, in San Diego County. Completed by general contractor Bethel-Webcor JV, the Communications Information Systems (C.I.S.) Operations Complex includes a data center, headquarters facility, maintenance and supply warehouse, and related communications infrastructure.

The complete project receives backup power from UPS and traditional standby generators provided by other contractors. A subset of the critical loads are served by CleanSpark’s advanced solar plus storage microgrid offering perpetual off-grid 100% renewable driven energy security through an all iron flow battery DC coupled with solar photovoltaic generation located on both carport shade structures and the buildings’ roofs. CleanSpark was responsible for the optimization, design, engineering, and deployment of the solar plus storage microgrid which shows grid as a backup can be a reality.

Anthony Vastola, SVP of Projects for CleanSpark, said, “There have been quite a few technology achievements on this project, but what excites me the most is the functional outcome. This is a hybrid Zero Net Energy facility incorporating both off-grid and grid connected renewable generation that works together to support project economics while also providing energy security. With strong system modeling, innovative engineering expertise, and effective microgrid control, we believe economics and energy security should go together.”

Matthew Schultz, CleanSpark’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “This new project builds upon our previous successes at Camp Pendleton including the Critical Power Fractal Grid commissioned in 2014 in partnership with the California Energy Commission. CleanSpark answered the call to deploy our innovative system and is honored to support the mission of our brave service members while continuing to build value for our shareholders.”