AlphaStruxure, an Energy as a Service (EaaS) company, and Montgomery County officials celebrated the launch of the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot microgrid Tuesday, an electric bus charging infrastructure project in Silver Spring.
AphaStruxure led the project, a partnership with Schneider Electric and global investment firm Carlyle Group, which will power 70 electric buses, providing sustainable transportation for Montgomery County residents.
The Brookeville storage facility is the first microgrid to power electric buses in the greater Washington area. The 6.5 MW microgrid includes elevated bus lighting solar canopies, on-site renewable natural gas generation, battery energy storage, and over 4.14 MW of charging capacity. The project is being offered at no upfront cost to the city through an EaS contract, a long-term contract that ensures predictable operating costs and guaranteed performance with no upfront capital outlay.
This microgrid will provide uninterrupted power for the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Ride On transit electric bus and in the long-term will run on 100% renewable energy in line with the County’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2035.
By 2026, the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot will be home to 70 electric transit buses. Converting these 70 buses from diesel to electric, powered by an on-site clean energy microgrid, will reduce lifetime emissions by 62% equating to more than 160,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas reduction over the next 25 years.
Statewide, Maryland is working toward a 50% zero-emission bus fleet by 2030. The Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot is aligned with national priorities to reduce public transportation emissions while increasing community resilience and infrastructure.