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It hasn’t been easy to live in Connecticut the last couple years. First Hurricane Irene slammed through the state in August 2011, leaving some residents without electricity for weeks. A freak Halloween snowstorm two months later brought wires down again.
It is the first, commercial, islandable, clean-powered microgrid in the state of Maryland and one of the first in the entire country.
On the surface, it makes little sense to put a big battery bank next to a commercial solar array. As it is, solar power is still more expensive than the grid in many places, so adding pricey batteries would just push the cost of energy up more.
New solar panels unveiled last week at a real estate developer's Laurel headquarters come with an unusual twist — an energy storage system, the first such commercial setup in the state and one of the first in the country.
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Laurel-based real estate developer Konterra Realty is hoping to light the way towards renewable energy by hosting Maryland’s first commercial solar microgrid system.The Konterra Solar Microgrid is a prime example of Maryland’s innovation economy moving forward,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D), who attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the solar microgrid Tuesday afternoon at Konterra’s headquarters in Laurel.
LAUREL – On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O’Malley – joined by FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and executives from Standard Solar, Konterra and Solar Grid Storage – dedicated the state of Maryland’s first commercial solar micro grid at Konterra headquarters in Laurel.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff were on hand in Maryland yesterday to commission one of the first solar-powered microgrids in the U.S. It’s also the first microgrid in the U.S. with energy storage capability.
The idea of using microgrids to protect against power outages is gaining more credibility in states including Connecticut and New Jersey. Businesses also are studying the technology closely, especially as an energy storage component of on-site renewable energy installations. One of the first companies to actually proceed is Konterra Realty in Maryland.
Microgrids, by all accounts I’ve seen, are projected to increase considerably in the coming years. There are several good reasons for that, including more reliable electricity, more secure electricity, and assistance in integrating renewable energy into the grid.
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.