Nuvve Holding Corp., a vehicle-to-grid technology and deployment company, has received a proposed grant worth $1.91 million for its Resilient Energy Solutions for Schools (RESCHOOL) project from the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Granted under CEC’s Electric School Bus Bi-Directional Infrastructure funding opportunity, the project aims to highlight the potential of electric school buses (ESBs) and bi-directional charging infrastructure deployments with battery energy storage, microgrid and islanding capabilities to improve the resilience of California's power grid during extreme weather events and emergency situations.
"This CEC grant will ultimately improve air quality, provide revenue for additional student programming, and will help us support the power grid to reduce outages during emergency situations," said John Burciaga, Fleet Maintenance Manager, San Diego Unified School District.
The initial project phase plans to develop a scalable model for other California school districts and implement their own zero-emission and bi-directional infrastructure.
While boosting energy availability during power outages, the project plans to reduce the cost of clean transportation systems by incorporating bi-directional electric school buses and their charging infrastructure into resilient microgrids.
Firstly, the project will help two San Diego County school districts, Cajon Valley Union School District and San Diego Unified, which are equipped with Nuvve's bidirectional chargers and its V2G GIVe platform.
The completion of a grant agreement, as well as the approval of the schools' respective projects at a publicly announced CEC business meeting, are prerequisites for the Phase 1 grant award.
Project teams awarded in Phase 1 will use the bi-directional charging infrastructure blueprints to reproduce the initial projects in additional California school districts in Phase 2.