Western Systems Facilitates Green Backup Power for a Critical Intersection During Rolling Blackouts

Placerville, CA  — Western Systems, a leader in the traffic industry, recently partnered with El Dorado County to install a first-of-its-kind backup power solution within the state. The new system uses innovative fuel cell technology from Altergy, which provides clean, long-lasting power for critical intersections.

As a provider of innovative traffic solutions, Western Systems is proud to work with El Dorado County and our partner, Altergy.  This new system is a game-changer for the industry, as it keeps traffic moving safely and efficiently during an outage for an extended period of time.  – Zach Hoiting, Sales Manager, Western Systems

The Altergy system was installed along a new intersection in Placerville, California, which sits along a busy corridor that includes businesses and a brand new Sheriff’s Department facility. With California facing unpredictable wildfires and power shortages that have forced rolling blackouts, keeping this intersection operational became an immediate priority.

We’ve seen what happens when other intersections are dark for one, two, or even three days, and we knew this was something we wanted to avoid at this intersection. We want to facilitate traffic and business in the event of a rolling blackout or wildfire.  We also want to know that the Sheriff’s Department can quickly and safely get through the intersection. — Darryl Brown, Traffic Superintendent at El Dorado County DOT

In addition to providing long-term backup power that can keep intersections running for days, weeks or even months, the Altergy fuel cell is certified by the California Air Resources Board as a zero-emission power generator and requires minimal resources to maintain.

Fuel cell technology isn’t new, but it wasn’t reliable or affordable enough for commercial use until Altergy’s founders reinvented the process. We’ve been providing green energy backup power for almost 20 years, over a wide spread number of global deployments and across multiple sectors. — Eric Strayer, VP Sales & Business Development, Altergy

About Western Systems

 Western Systems, a leader in the traffic management industry since 2001, partners with city, state and county agencies across the western U.S. to implement state-of-the-art traffic solutions. Our innovative solutions help make communities safer and more efficient while providing a better quality of life. Visit Western Systems online at westernsystems.com.