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Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid

By Diane Cardwell, New York Times

The projects are part of a bold experiment aimed at turning homes, neighborhoods and towns into virtual power plants, able to reduce the amount of energy they draw from the central electric system. But behind them are not green energy advocates or proponents of living off the land. Instead, it’s the local electric company, Green Mountain Power.

Green Mountain’s chief executive, Mary Powell, sees the program here as the best way to please customers while making the system more environmentally and physically sustainable. “Customers, especially in Vermont with the energy-independence values that people have, want to move more toward self-generation.”

Read more here.

Top Photo: Each unit of the McKnight Lane development in Waltham, Vermont, has solar panels installed on the roof. Credit: Jacob Hannah for The New York Times

New Solar + Storage Microgrid Project to Provide Resilient Power

With support from the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and Clean Energy Group (CEG), Green Mountain Power, a Vermont utility, has broken ground on a major new solar + storage resilient power microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont.

This will be among the first microgrids in the country to be powered exclusively by solar PV, with over 7,700 solar panels on the site, backed up with 4 MW of battery capacity, and absolutely no use of fossil fuels.

The microgrid will be built on a landfill, contributing to the city’s brownfield recovery efforts, and will help to integrate solar generation on the distribution grid; it will also supply resilient power to a public school designated as a Red Cross emergency shelter, powering the shelter in emergencies when the grid is down (Rutland suffers frequent power outages due to storms).

Visit CESA’s website to read the full press release: http://www.cesa.org

Upcoming Webinar: A Solar Storage Microgrid for the Energy City of the Future

CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) will host a webinar on the Stafford Hills Microgrid Project on Friday, August 22 from 12-1 pm Central Daylight Time.

Green Mountain Power has broken ground on its solar plus storage microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont.  This will be among the first microgrids in the country to be powered exclusively by solar PV, with over 7,700 solar panels on the site, backed up with 4 MW of battery capacity, both lithium ion and lead acid types.

The microgrid will be built on a landfill and will help to integrate solar generation on the distribution grid; it will also supply resilient power to a public school designated as an emergency shelter, powering the shelter in emergencies when the grid is down (Rutland suffers frequent power outages due to storms).

This is the first step in a larger plan to make Rutland, VT the “energy city of the future.”  The project is funded in part by grants from the state of Vermont and from U.S. DOE, Office of Electricity, with support from CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership. 

Speakers:
• Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
• Josh Castonguay, Director of Generation and Renewable Innovation, Green Mountain Power
Categories: Technology
Related Project: Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership:
http://www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/

To register for the webinar, click here: http://www.cesa.org/webinars/estap-webinar-a-solar-storage-microgrid-for-the-energy-city-of-the-future/view/2014-08-22