RAMONA (KUSI) – San Diego Gas & Electric has completed the Ramona microgrid, one of four planned microgrids in a high-fire area in the county back, it was announced on Monday.
The Ramona facility is intended to provide backup power to the Ramona air base, where CAL FIRE and US Forest Service firefighting equipment are located. The microgrid is considered to be producing zero emissions as it is powered by battery storage, SDG & E said in a statement.
“It reassures us that we have backup power for a critical facility like Ramona Air Force Base, especially given that the California fire season is all year round,” said Tony Mecham, head of the CAL FIRE / San Diego County Fire Department.
Micro-grids are small grids of electricity that can operate in parallel or independently of the larger grid to maintain predetermined areas or community resources in an emergency. In 2013, the energy company built the country’s first small-scale utility grid in Borrego Springs.
The Ramona network was built in collaboration with CAL FIRE and the Forest Service in order to keep key resources in operation during public safety and other emergencies.
“As climate conditions continue to deteriorate, it is imperative that we develop innovative solutions to support the continuity of key resources, particularly our area emergency resources, so that they are ready for development at any time,” she said. by SDG & E Caroline Winn. “The completion of the Ramona microgrid is a milestone in our ongoing partnership with CAL FIRE and the US Forest Service, as we work to make our electrical system safer, cleaner and more reliable.”
CAL FIRE staffs Ramona air base throughout the year with one OV-10A Bronco tactical aircraft and two S-2T aircraft. The aircraft locally supports wildfire suppression and may be asked to assist with wildfires throughout California. In addition, the base houses the US Forest Service Bell 205 A ++ helicopter and crew, which serves the Cleveland National Park and can also be mobilized to assist throughout the State of California.
“The U.S. Forest Service relies on Ramona Air Force Base to protect communities in and around Cleveland National Park,” said Scott Tangenberg, a forest supervisor. “The ability to use aircraft to fight catastrophic fires is a critical tool in our firefighting toolbox.
“Successful firefighting not only helps protect people and property in local communities, but also helps protect important watersheds, sensitive wildlife habitats and cultural resources,” he said. “As important as fire suppression is, fire prevention also helps reduce carbon emissions and air pollution that damages the lungs – both of which contribute to adverse health and climate conditions.”
In the event of a fire in San Diego County, Ramona Air Base serves as a hub for fixed-wing aircraft assigned to the incident.
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