Enchanted Rock to develop California’s largest renewable microgrid network to ensure Microsoft data center resiliency

“Today’s digital world depends on uptime and continuity of data center operations,” he said. Thomas McAndrewCEO of Enchanted Rock. “This continuity does not have to come at the expense of companies’ goals to reduce carbon emissions or local air quality. Microsoft’s decision to pursue a small, renewable grid marks another milestone in an industry as companies continue to move away from traditional, less carbon-friendly approaches, and we expect this project to prove that Creating large-scale, reliable and cost-effective backup with net carbon could become the new standard.”

With its ambitious goals of becoming carbon negative by 2030, Microsoft chose Enchanted Rock for its ability to develop a reliable micro-network with zero net emissions. The project will exceed the California Air Resources Board’s current emissions requirements for distributed generation, which are the most stringent in the world, with local hourly emissions 80%-96% lower than Tier 4 diesel standards while providing higher reliability.

Brian JanosGeneral Manager – DC Energy & Sustainability at Microsoft, said, “This project helps Microsoft take a step toward our goal of eliminating dependence on petroleum-based diesel, while increasing the resilience of our data center and bringing much-needed capacity resources to the local network. “.

“The climate crisis and environmental degradation have hit disadvantaged communities first and foremost,” the senator said. Ben Bon (D-40). “These communities are suffering from poor air quality, unbearable heat waves, and punishing droughts. We must take immediate action to reverse the climate crisis and address local environmental impacts. I hope one day all data centers will replace their backup power systems with carbon-natural gas.” Negative and clean renewed. Today’s announcement will set a precedent I think California It should be followed by nearly 240 data centers.”

Power will be supplied to the microgrid by net carbon RNG, which is injected upstream into the gas pipeline to offset fossil gas use. Enchanted Rock sources RNG captured from methane-emitting facilities such as food waste and agricultural operations, making it part of a circular economy with either a neutral or negative carbon intensity.

California It needs viable alternatives to standby diesel power generation in order to protect public health and prevent catastrophic climate change.” Bill McGavern, director of policy for the Alliance for Clean Air, a statewide organization that advocates for clean air policies. “This means deploying flexible and distributable solutions that can address the intermittent nature of renewables, while reducing the environmental and health impacts of diesel generators.”

“Enchanted Rock and Microsoft are members of the newly announced Infrastructure Masons agreement focused on reducing carbon in materials, products, and energy in the digital infrastructure industry,” Dean Nelson, Chairman and Founder of Infrastructure Masons. “We applaud the work they do together to drive small-scale innovation of microgrids, which lowers the carbon intensity of electrical service without harming public health.”

About Enchanted Rock

Founded in 2006, Enchanted Rock is a leader in electrical resilience as a service, power companies, critical infrastructure and communities to ensure operational continuity during unexpected power outages due to severe weather, infrastructure failures, cyber attacks and other network disruptions. Enchanted Rock’s dual-purpose microgrids use offsetting natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) to produce far fewer carbon emissions and air pollutants than diesel generators, and are able to achieve resiliency with zero net emissions. In addition, the company’s comprehensive micro-grid software platform, GraniteEcosystem™, provides 24/7 real-time system monitoring and optimization, including forecasting of electricity market conditions to ensure reliable, worry-free capacity for customers. For more information, please visit the website www.enchantedrock.com or visit Twitter or LinkedIn.

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