July 11, 2013: One of First Commercial Solar Micro-Grids Installed
System Includes Backup Power, Demand Reduction, and Peak Shaving
Located at Konterra’s corporate headquarters in Laurel, Md., this micro-grid system is powered by a 402kW solar PV array. In the event of a grid power outage, the Solar Grid Storage advanced lithium-ion energy storage system allows critical circuits at Konterra to remain energized. The project is financed by the Kingdon Gould Jr. family and supported through a Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Game Changer Grant.
“Widespread implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems is key to solar PV becoming a mainstream energy supplier,” said Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar. “As one of the nation’s first commercial micro-grids, this project can truly be a game changer for PV. Not only does it provide backup power to Konterra, it also supports grid integrity and allows for participation in ancillary markets for electricity. The commercial potential of grid-based solar storage is enormous and we are honored to be leading the way in partnership with Solar Grid Storage, MEA, and Konterra.”
The system has the potential to reduce PV project costs and offers new benefits to hosts including backup power, demand reduction, and peak shaving. In addition, the system can enhance grid reliability by helping balance the grid through frequency regulation, volt-ampere reactive (VARs) compensation, and demand response services. The system is scheduled to be operational by fall 2013.
MEA’s Game Changer Competitive Grant Program was created to provide cost-sharing grants for innovative clean energy generation technologies and market strategies in Maryland. Winning grantees are pursuing either a new technology or a new methodology that extends beyond existing renewable energy generation. The projects are funded based on their ability to help the state meet its renewable energy portfolio standard of 20 percent by 2022, and the grant recipients’ progress towards that goal will be evaluated for two years following their award.
“Advancing our energy storage infrastructure builds greater confidence in Maryland’s grid resiliency,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, MEA director. “Grid storage technology also improves the delivery service of our first responders, armed services, telecommunications, waste water treatment plants, and emergency shelters.”
For more information, visit www.standardsolar.com.
Publication date: 7/8/2013