IRVINE, CA—The Irvine Co. and Advanced Microgrid Solutions recently installed 16 Tesla PowerPack battery systems that weigh 4,000 pounds each at an office tower at 20 Pacifica here, completing the first installation in what will be a fleet of Irvine Co. Hybrid-Electric Buildings® that will be used for grid support by Southern California Edison. The first installation of Irvine Co.’s Hybrid-Electric system will reduce electricity operating expense and create a more stable, flexible electricity grid for buildings, the firm’s VP of energy management Rich Bluth tells We spoke exclusively with Bluth after the installation about how these buildings work, who benefits from them and where this phenomenon is headed. Please explain how hybrid-electric buildings work.

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