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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 28, 2013 3:13 AM Flag

    Solar PV, Energy Storage Combine in Commercial-Scale Microgrid

    Solar PV, Energy Storage Combine in Commercial-Scale Microgrid

    SustainableBusiness News
    06/27/2013 03:58 PM

    Standard Solar and Solar Grid Storage have installed one of the first commercial-scale microgrids in the US.

    It consists of a solar PV array connected to a energy storage system that interacts with the grid - it's located at Konterra Realty's Maryland headquarters.

    The "islandable" microgrid system is powered by a 402 kilowatt solar PV system, and in the event of a grid power outage, a lithium-ion energy storage system kicks in to keep critical operations going.

    "Widespread implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems is key to solar PV becoming a mainstream energy supplier," says Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar.

    The system has the potential to reduce PV project costs and offers benefits to hosts including backup power, demand reduction and peak shaving. Moreover, it can enhance grid reliability by helping balance the grid through frequency regulation, volt-ampere reactive (VARs) compensation, and demand response services.

    The project is financed by the Kingdon Gould Jr. family and supported through a Maryland Energy Administration "Game Changer" Grant. This competitive grant Program provides cost-sharing grants for innovative clean energy technologies that advance the market in Maryland.

    Projects are funded based on their ability to help Maryland meets its Renewable Portfolio Standard of 20% by 2022.

    "Advancing our energy storage infrastructure builds greater confidence in Maryland's grid resiliency," notes Abigail Ross Hopper, Director of Maryland's Energy Administration. "Grid storage technology also improves the delivery service of our first responders, armed services, telecommunications, waste water treatment plants, and emergency shelters."

    Standard Solar has been named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for three consecutive years by Inc. Magazine. It provides full-service development,

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