|Ideal Academy Charter School in Washington D.C. to install solar and microgrid technology.|
In a historic first of its kind for the DMV region (DC, Maryland and Virginia), Ideal Academy Public Charter Academy and DC-startup BDG Renewable Energy Development, LLC., sign memorandum of understanding to transform the Lamond Riggs community toward a more sustainable and equitable energy future for area stakeholders; while saving Ideal Academy thousands of dollars in energy costs and direct more money toward achieving the school's mission.
BDG will design, finance, and build a behind-the-meter solution for Ideal Academy that will strengthen the charter school and community energy security, improve reliability and resiliency of the Lamond Riggs area grid; maintain power and improve vital community services for area residents when service territory experiences widespread outages; increase alternative and renewable energy jobs and business creation that increases and diversifies community participation in the new energy economy; and saves area consumers money through community energy cooperatives.
Ideal Academy spokesperson stated: "This project provides the enabling environment to demonstrate how innovative school-centered partnerships in collaboration with utilities, governments, and education administrations at all levels will focus on training the new energy workforce for sustainable higher paying jobs; creating new science, technology, energy, and advanced manufacturing (STEAM) jobs; as well as spurring new sustainable energy entrepreneurs directly from the local community.
BDG Renewable Energy Development is a new Special Purpose Entity set up by The Blunt Group, DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology, and Grid Development Partners. The combined group (BDG) markets Solar, Energy Storage, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, and Microgrid products and services in the DMV and throughout the US east coast. The company also provides Program Management, Energy Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure and International Trade and Development support across the Americas, Asia, and Africa.