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When extreme weather disrupted power for days in Montgomery County, Maryland, civic leaders sought to strengthen their community’s resilience while simultaneously pursuing more ambitious sustainability goals. 

And they did it with the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot, improving vital elements of infrastructure with on-site energy solutions expertly managed by a long-term partner, AlphaStruxure.

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The Challenge

  • Convert diesel buses to electric and power this new electric fleet using a smart microgrid solution to help the County become net zero by 2035.
  • Provide stable, resilient power in a region increasingly susceptible to severe weather due to climate change.
  • Find a long-term partner to design, build, own, operate, and maintain an on-site microgrid, charging infrastructure, and other equipment to ensure uninterrupted transit bus services.
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The Solution

Apps, Analytics & Services: AlphaStruxure Energy as a Service, EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor, EcoStruxure Supervisory PSO, EcoStruxure Power Advisor, EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert

Edge Control: EcoStruxure Power SCADA Operation (PSO), EcoStruxure Microgrid Operation, Charge Management Controller

Connected Products: Energy Control Center, PowerLogic™, MasterPacT™, EasergyMV Relay


The 6.5 MW microgrid includes three 633 kW generators, a 1.6 MW solar PV array, and a 3 MW Battery Energy Storage system. The Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot also includes:

  • 4.14 MW of charging capacity
  • Eighteen 180 kW 3-dispenser chargers, enabling 54 buses to be plugged in at once and capable of a full charge in approximately 3 hours
  • Two 450 kW pantograph chargers for rapidly charging buses at 450 kW for up to 10 minutes
  • Plug-in chargers mounted on overhead charging reels, improving operations and avoiding hazards associated with ground-level cabling

The Results

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Chris Brown, Chief, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County, Maryland

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"Working with AlphaStruxure solved a multitude of problems for the County. First and foremost, it brings in expertise to help us achieve our goals and build complex infrastructure. Secondarily, it creates a long-term partnership, where we have the right experts in place."

Innovative funding puts energy resilience within reach

AlphaStruxure’s Energy as a Service model removes the burden of financing, owning, installing, and managing energy infrastructure, which means organizations can focus on their business without worrying about risk or any upfront capital investment.

And the seamless integration of EcoStruxure solutions throughout the project supports the community’s future-ready focus through digital transformation.

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Microgrids managed by AlphaStruxure use EcoStruxure products and solutions to deliver predictable energy costs, optimized power usage, enhanced resilience, greater reliability, and accelerated emissions reductions.
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