Pioneering commercial solar microgrid completed in US

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Maryland completes construction of its first commercial solar microgrid, one of the first in the U.S.: a 402kW system combining grid-interactive energy storage and a 1,368 panel solar PV canopy array.

 

Maryland has completed construction of its first commercial solar microgrid. A 402kW system combining grid-interactive energy storage and a 1,368 panel solar PV canopy array, it’s one of the first in the nation.

The solar microgrid system is expected to generate of 20% of the annual building power for the Konterra headquarters, as well as power for two electric vehicle charging stations and LED parking lot lighting. The energy it will generate is equivalent to that needed to power 57 American homes for one year or to removing 90 passenger vehicles from the roads per year.

The PV array will stay online in the event of a conventional power grid outage, with the batteries of the advanced energy storage system able to maintain a critical load of 50kW for just over four hours overnight and recharge the next day.

Click here for original article on RenewEconomy, by Sophie Vorrath