The City of Rialto, in partnership with Rialto Water Services and Veolia North America, have announced their joint commitment to the next phase of an ambitious plan to design and install a microgrid powered through a unique combination of biogas cogeneration, solar power and backup battery storage to supply electricity for the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
The innovative project, one of the first of its kind in California, is meant to bring the city greater energy independence, resilience and efficiency to protect its essential wastewater treatment system.
“As California and the rest of the country contend with a growing number of natural disasters linked to climate change -- including widespread power outages and brownouts caused by heat waves and wildfires -- the resilience offered by a microgrid power source is more important than ever,” said Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson.
“We recognize that the time has come to invest and think boldly and creatively in protecting our resources,” she said. “This project represents a great step forward in the way municipalities like ours can take positive steps toward a more green future.”
Brian Clarke, president and CEO of Veolia North America, said the company is proud to bring its expertise and resources to support the city’s vision for greater energy independence and sustainability. Veolia operates and maintains the treatment plant on behalf of the city and its partner, Rialto Water Services.