Montgomery County builds largest RE-powered ZEB depot on EaaS business model

Montgomery County builds largest RE-powered ZEB depot on EaaS business model Image credit: MCDOT

Montgomery County, AlphaStruxure and Pepco will break ground on an integrated microgrid project at the David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operation Center (EMTOC) in Derwood. The EMTOC microgrid project will be the largest renewable energy-powered zero-emission bus (ZEB) depot in the nation and the first on the East Coast to produce green hydrogen on-site. 

The EMTOC depot is currently the County Department of Transportation’s largest fuel user. The 5.5 Megawatt microgrid project, delivered for zero upfront costs via Energy as a Service (EaaS), will feature solar arrays, electric bus chargers and battery energy storage, enabling the depot tooperate indefinitely in “island mode.” It will also include a 1 MW hydrogen electrolyzer that will be powered by on-site renewable energy. The EMTOC depot will eventually power 200 zero-emissions buses.

The EMTOC project advances the County’s ambitious climate goal of reaching 100 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2035.

Source: MCDOT