Adventist Health facility, located in a community heavily damaged by the 2018 Camp Fire, now delivers safe, reliable and clean energy through solar & microgrid project.

 

Houston and Roseville, Calif. – April 1, 2021 – Adventist Health and ENGIE North America today announced the completion of their solar and microgrid project in Paradise, California. The Feather River Health Care facility includes a one-megawatt hour energy storage system combined with 425 kilowatts of solar and new, permanent back-up generator. The new, integrated system is designed to deliver clean energy while ensuring energy resiliency to continue to serve the community during public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events. Adventist Health’s hospital was heavily damaged by one of the most destructive fires in California history, the 2018 Camp Fire, and the Feather River Health Center is now the main location for healthcare services available on the ridge.
 
“After our Feather River hospital was severely damaged, we wanted to provide better reliability to the community with new solutions that would allow us to be fully operational during any future power outages,” said Tim Williams, Administrative Director, Physician & Outpatient Services, Adventist Health. “Building long-term resiliency is key in this region impacted by risk of natural disasters and subsequent PSPS events. As energy reliability and resiliency planning becomes paramount across the United States, we are gratified by the outcome of this project, but more importantly proud of the immediate impact it will provide the ridge community.” 
 
In case of a power outage, the microgrid controller energy storage system will isolate the facility from the grid, allowing the facility to be powered by solar, the energy storage system and generator thereby creating a microgrid. The microgrid will use its own internal battery storage to stabilize the facility loads and it will also control the generation from both the solar system and the 250 kW permanent generator, allowing Adventist Health to maintain a stable energy source to the facility during the outage. The transfer of power from the utility to the microgrid happens in less than one second, creating a seamless transfer. 
 
“The transition from traditional back-up power solutions to cleaner, healthier, and more intelligent energy systems has recently become much easier and more attainable for facilities of all sizes — especially critical in the healthcare field,” said Courtney Jenkins, Vice President and General Manager at ENGIE. “ENGIE is proud to provide a reliable framework for how to meet the energy resiliency needs of hospitals and medical facilities, that by definition need to be the most resilient and safe assets in their communities. Helping to demonstrate the power of solar microgrids at the Feather River Health Center has been a meaningful opportunity to support Adventist Health’s impact to the ridge community. 
 
About Adventist Health 
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones company, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, its innovative Adventist Health Hospital@Home program that provides virtual in-patient care at home, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.
 
About ENGIE North America
ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capabilities in the United States and Canada to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals as we work together to shape a sustainable future. Our comprehensive services include helping run facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and costs; clean power generation; energy storage; and retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options. Nearly 100% of the company’s power generation portfolio is low-carbon or renewable. ENGIE S.A. is a global organization focused on low-carbon energy and services, that relies on its key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to its customers. With 170,000 employees, along with its customers, partners and stakeholders, the group is committed to accelerating the transition to a carbon-neutral world through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions. For more information on ENGIE North America, please visit our LinkedIn page or Twitter feed, www.engie-na.com and www.engie.com
 
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Anne Smith 
ENGIE North America 
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Laurie Anne Allen 
Adventist Health Clear Lake 
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April 3, 2018 – Boston, MA – ENGIE North America Inc. and Axium Infrastructure (operating jointly as Longwood Energy Partners) have completed the acquisition of a microgrid and district energy system serving six Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health, and Joslin Diabetes Clinic – under long-term utility contracts through 2051.

 

This microgrid and district energy system, with a capacity to produce 99 MW of electricity, 1,100,000 lbs/hr of steam, and 42,000 tons of chilled water, are integral to the day-to-day operation of these world-renowned medical facilities, which are active in critical research initiatives and have approximately 2,000 beds serving more than 100,000 inpatients and 2.4 million outpatients annually.

“We’re extremely proud to support energy needs of the hospitals of the Longwood Medical Area in their quest for high performance, resiliency, and sustainability,” said President and CEO of ENGIE North America Frank Demaille. “This project is perfectly in line with ENGIE’s strategy to drive customer-centric approaches, and we’re excited to bring our experience in energy production, operation, efficiency, procurement, and commodity risk management to the table. District energy networks are among the most efficient, reliable, and cost-effective ways to provide energy security while reducing the carbon footprint. Within ENGIE, it is our conviction that district heating and cooling networks can be the backbone of more sustainable and resilient hospital campuses and cities.”

“Axium is thrilled that our consortium has the opportunity to provide competitive and reliable energy services essential to the hospitals’ health and research mission,” said Thierry Vandal, President of Axium Infrastructure US. “This investment is a great addition to our existing North American portfolio of over 100 core energy, transportation, and social infrastructure assets. Axium continues to focus on developing relationships with high quality partners and counterparts, under long-term agreements providing for strong and predictable cash flows.”

In 2017, ENGIE and Axium were awarded a 50-year contract to operate and optimize The Ohio State University’s utility system for its flagship campus in Columbus, Ohio. Globally, ENGIE is a major player in sustainable heating networks fed from renewable sources or waste heat and in highly efficient cooling networks that are typically 50% more energy efficient than individual cooling solutions and generate 50% less CO2. ENGIE operates more than 250 low-carbon urban heating and cooling networks in 13 countries, including some of the most emblematic European district systems in places such as the London Olympic Park, the cities of Paris, Marseille, Barcelona, and Lisbon, as well as in the city of Cyberjaya in Malaysia. The company also has a 40% stake in Tabreed, which has more than 70 district cooling plants located throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Middle East.

About ENGIE North America
ENGIE North America Inc. manages a range of energy businesses in the United States and Canada, including clean power generation and cogeneration, retail energy sales, and comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense. Nearly 100 percent of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable. Globally, ENGIE is the largest independent power producer and energy efficiency services provider in the world, with operations in 70 countries employing 150,000 people, including 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centers. For more information, please visit www.engie-na.com, @ENGIENorthAm, and www.engie.com.

About Axium
Axium Infrastructure Inc. is an independent portfolio management firm dedicated to generating long-term investment returns through investing in sustainable core infrastructure assets. Axium manages dedicated infrastructure funds having over $2 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017, as well as approximately $1 billion in co-investments. The firm benefits from the capabilities of a group of specialists with decades of experience acquiring, developing, financing, operating and managing infrastructure assets. Focus is placed on assets that are supported by robust market demand and under long-term contract with creditworthy counterparties. Since the launch of its first fund in 2010, the firm has invested, or committed to invest, in a diversified portfolio of over 100 North American infrastructure assets. For further information, please visit www.axiuminfra.com.