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SimpliPhi Helps Governor Brown Go Off-Grid

When he leaves the California Governor’s office, Jerry Brown and his wife Anne will spend a majority of their time at Rancho Venada -- 2,500 isolated acres located 75 minutes northwest of Sacramento that have been in the family since Governor Brown’s great grandfather August Schuckman purchased the land after arriving in Central California during the gold rush.

The Brown’s new home is an off-grid, single-story, 2,674 square foot ranch house powered by a Solar+SimpliPhi storage microgrid. As a leading renewable energy champion, one would expect Governor Brown to have clean energy installed on his ranch. However, beyond his belief in photovoltaics, Rancho Venada is entirely off-grid because there is no electrical infrastructure serving the ranch’s location in Colusa County.


Designed and installed by Jason Andrade of West Coast Sustainables, the Rancho Venada microgrid is comprised of 48 solar panels, producing 14 kilowatt-hours of electricity feeding renewable power into 10 SimpliPhi PHI 3.4 kWh 48V batteries. A 24 kWh natural gas backup system is also installed for days when sunlight is limited.

“We chose the combination of SimpliPhi batteries and Outback Power because of the ability to easily expand the system when future ranch improvements demand more power, and because we trust the proven track record of both companies,” said Jason about the project.

The Governor was actively involved in choosing the technology that makes up his microgrid, electing to go with Solar World modules because they are made in the USA, Outback inverters based on West Coast Sustainables experience and California-based SimpliPhi for the longevity and safety of our storage solutions.

Fully integrated microgrid installations like this one provide a compelling case study for the cost effectiveness and viability of renewable energy plus storage in providing reliable off-grid power.

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