New Sun Road partners with PG&E on remote microgrids

Two overhead powerlines.

New Sun Road, a venture from the 2015 CITRIS Foundry cohort, is partnering with PG&E to establish a set of remote microgrids in wildfire-prone locations in California.

PG&E will employ New Sun Road’s Stellar Microgrid OS, which uses cellular and satellite connections, to monitor and control the remote grids’ performance. Through its use of solar energy, battery storage and backup propane generation, the Stellar technology will allow PG&E to replace 4.5 miles of overhead power lines throughout high fire-threat districts in California.

The grids can also provide power for those unable to access traditional infrastructure during public safety power shutoffs.

“Stellar remotely operates systems in over 23 countries, and we’re proud that our technology will now enable more resilient clean energy in California,” said New Sun Road CEO and co-founder Jalel Sager in a company press release.