Lineage California site entirely on-site powered

Colton, California, USA: Lineage Logistic’s Colton Agua Mansa site in California is using solar solar array and linear generators to provide all the site’s power needs.

Lineage worked with PowerFlex and Mainspring Energy to establish the first site in the Lineage network to generate all of its energy consumption on-site.

Lineage installed a 3.3MW solar array and 460kW of linear generators at its Colton Agua Mansa site in California’s Inland Empire that, combined, will produce 100% of the facility’s energy consumption on a net basis.

Chris Thurston, head of renewable energy projects, Lineage, said: “Lineage is already a model for the industry with our innovative development and deployment of industry-leading technologies. Responsibly creating our own energy is an important sustainability milestone, and I am excited to see how this achievement further inspires our commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040.”

PowerFlex installed the second largest solar array in the Lineage’s temperature-controlled warehouse network. The facility has 8,426 individual solar panels that will generate an estimated 5.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy annually.

The Colton array is one of several onsite solar installations that PowerFlex is supporting across Lineage’s distribution centres in the United States. The onsite linear generators, a new technology launched in March by Mainspring Energy, create electricity using a low-temperature reaction of fuel and air. Distinct from an engine or fuel cell, a linear generator directly converts motion into electricity using chemical or thermal energy.

The units ramp up and down usage to enable maximum use of the building’s solar array, ensuring reliability and best use of renewable power at all times. This increases the site’s resiliency by reducing grid dependency and lowers operating costs. Lineage’s Colton location is the first facility in the world with two linear generators, and the first of its kind to integrate a linear generator with solar panels. The two generators were installed in October.

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