Fremont Paves Way For Powering Emergency Services Nationwide
Fremont is known as an industry leader in clean technology – but did you know that the City itself is also leading the nation in climate resilience through its microgrid deployment at our Fire Stations in partnership with Gridscape Solutions and global power and thermal management provider Delta Electronics, which both have their U.S. headquarters in Fremont?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Fremont is currently home to three of the five fires stations nationwide which use solar microgrids. For reference, there are 58,150 fire stations in the United States – meaning that just 0.008% of fire stations nationwide have deployed this technology.
These solar microgrids play a crucial role in enabling FFD to maintain power amid blackouts brought on by natural disasters such as hurricanes, windstorms, wildfires, and more. This allows our firefighters at stations 6, 7, and 11 to have 24/7 access to their equipment regardless of the emergency.
Beyond their critical use during natural disasters, these microgrids also reduce carbon emissions by utilizing renewable energy. Over the next decade, it is expected that the City will save a combined $250,000 in energy costs, all while decreasing our greenhouse gas footprint by 80,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
To learn more about Fremont Fire Department’s microgrids and how other cities can utilize this technology to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and provide constant power to fire stations and other emergency services, read Delta Electronics VP of Solution Engineering (Americas) Charlie Wu’s full article in Solar Power World, “An extreme weather future makes microgrids an imperative: A guide for solar installers.”