Adventist Health and ENGIE North America have announced the completion of their solar and microgrid project in Paradise, California. The Feather River Health Care facility includes a 1 MWh energy storage system combined with 425 kW solar power and a new permanent backup generator. The integrated system is designed to provide clean energy while ensuring energy resilience to continue serving the community during Power Shutoff (Public Safety Power Shutoff) events. The Adventist Health Hospital was badly damaged by one of the most devastating fires in California history, the 2018 Campfire, and the Feather River Health Center is now the premier health care site on the ridge.
“After our Feather River hospital was severely damaged, we wanted to provide greater reliability to the community with new solutions that would allow us to be fully operational during future power outages,” said Tim Williams, Administrative Director for Physician & Outpatient Services, Adventist Health. “Building long-term resilience is critical in this region affected by the risk of natural disasters and subsequent PSPS events. As energy reliability and resilience planning become paramount in the United States, we are delighted with the outcome of this project, but more importantly, proud of the immediate impact it will have on the ridge community. “
In the event of a power outage, the microgrid controller’s energy storage system will isolate the facility from the grid, allowing the facility to be powered by solar energy, the energy storage system and a generator, creating a microgrid. The microgrid will use its own internal battery storage to stabilize the load on the facility and it will also control the generation of both the solar system and the 250 kW permanent generator, allowing Adventist Health to maintain a stable energy source for the facility during the power outage. The transfer of power from the utility to the microgrid is done in less than a second, creating a seamless transfer.
“The transition from traditional backup power solutions to cleaner, healthier and more intelligent energy systems has recently become much easier and more feasible for facilities of all sizes – especially critical in healthcare,” said Courtney Jenkins, VP and CEO of ENGIE . “ENGIE is proud to provide a reliable framework to meet the energy resilience needs of hospitals and medical facilities, which by definition must be the most resilient and secure assets in their communities. Helping demonstrate the power of solar-powered microgrids at the Feather River Health Center was a meaningful opportunity to support Adventist Health’s impact on the ridge community.
News item from ENGIE North America