Santa Rosa Chick-fil-A solar microgrid part of distributed-energy movement amid California grid issues

13 October 2021

In the middle of a season of potential wildfire-driven planned power outages, Santa Rosa’s Chick-fil-A location soon will become one of three among its 2,700 stores in the nation to install a solar system called a microgrid.

A few years ago, franchise owner Chris Medford requested that the corporate office provide the ability to keep the lights on at his Mendocino Avenue location when Pacific Gas & Electric calls for public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) during red flag warnings.

Medford gave three distinct reasons why he pursued the venture with SolMicroGrid, an energy services company based in the Atlanta area that installs and services these backup power solutions.

“First, being a good steward to the environment is our primary goal,” he said, adding a way to avoid being “vulnerable to threats of PG&E shutoffs” as another. “We also wanted to prove that it’s possible.”

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