Standard Solar and Solar Grid Storage have announced that construction is complete on their solar microgrid project located in Maryland. This project was announced earlier this year. It is a grid-interactive energy storage system that is co-located with a new 1,368-panel photovoltaic array creating one of the nation's first scale microgrids.
The 402.3 kW system is located at Konterra's corporate headquarters in Laurel, Maryland. It is estimated that it will generate 20 percent of the building's annual power. The solar array will be dedicated by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Oct. 15.
Governor O'Malley said, “Our better choices to invest in clean energy have paid off. In Maryland, by making solar energy a priority, we went from approximately zero to nearly 1,319 times more solar on the state’s grid as well as 2,000 more solar installation jobs than in 2007.We’ve set some of the most aggressive goals in the country for reducing our energy consumption, and increasing our use of renewable energy. Solar energy will diversify our energy portfolio and make us a leader in sustainable energy development.”
The project was financed by Konterra, PNC (News - Alert) Bank and Solar Grid Storage. It was supported through a Maryland Energy Administration "Game Changer" grant. With Maryland's first commercial solar microgrid installation at Konterra's headquarters it will reduce its use on non-renewable natural resources. It will also provide stability to the grid and backup power at buildings during power outages. Konterra was specifically designed to be a "sustainable mixed-use community in which healthy working and living environments incorporate innovative technologies and renewable energy solutions."
This state of the art system is powered by a 402kW solar PV array. This array not only produces clean electricity, but provides new benefits such as backup emergency power, demand reduction and peak shaving.
The system will enhance grid reliability by helping to balance the grid through, "frequency regulation, volt-ampere reactive (VARs) compensation, and demand response services. According to Navigant Research, more than 1,300 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar power generation capacity are expected to come online in the next 10 years. Widespread adoption of micro-grids will ensure that this huge increase in solar and wind power is effectively integrated into the national utility grid."
Standard Solar Inc. is a leader in the full service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar systems.
Solar Grid Storage develops battery energy storage systems. The Solar Grid Storage solution eliminates the need for PV developers to purchase a solar inverter, reducing installation costs while offering new benefits to the host.
Edited by Alisen Downey