Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative Launched

Initiative will allow researchers to study integration of solar energy, electric vehicles and batteries

VIPs unplug electric trolley

From left, Ben Benoit, Ching Liu, Reza Abbaschian, Winston Chung, Rusty Bailey, Gordon Bourns, Michael Pazzani and Matt Barth unplug the electric-powered bus.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) was officially launched Wednesday, May 21 with an opening celebration.

The event, attended by about 200 people, took place underneath solar panels installed as part of the initiative in the parking lot shared by CE-CERT and Bourns, Inc., one of the sponsors of the initiative.

The purpose of the initiative is to research the integration of intermittent renewable energy, such as photovoltaic solar panels; energy storage, such as batteries; and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

The first two years of operation is supported by a $2 million contract from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Construction of the initial testbed platform is also supported by an additional $10 million in contributions from UC Riverside and private partners.

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