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.
- Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
- Darren Springer, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Public Service Department
- Mary Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Green Mountain Power
- Josh Castonguay, Director of Generation and Renewable Innovation, Green Mountain Power
Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/ESTAP-GMP-slides-8.22.14.pdf