Here are the Solar Microgrid nominees for the 2023 Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards
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Washington, D.C. | 2.5 MW PV + 1.2 MW storage + 4.5 MW CHP
The microgrid and community solar system at Gallaudet University will work in parallel with the utility to power the campus and, in the event of a grid outage, will provide nearly all the university’s electricity needs, allowing campus operations to continue with minimal disruption. In addition, electricity generated by the solar arrays will be available to Washington, D.C., residents, nonprofit organizations and small businesses through the District of Columbia community solar program. Typically, on-site community solar projects connect to the grid directly, skipping the home or building’s power infrastructure entirely. However, in this case, the electricity production from the solar panels distributed across Gallaudet’s campus is being tracked and allocated for community solar credits, despite being connected to the university’s own electrical infrastructure. This “virtual front of the meter” approach let Scale develop the project without the need for extensive cabling costs that would be required to aggregate these many distributed solar systems and connect them directly to PEPCO’s grid. Instead, they simply connect to the nearest power panel and PEPCO tracks the output through sensors and software.
Grand Canyon West
Peach Springs, Arizona | 884.52 kWdc PV + 2,145 kWh storage
This project for the Hualapai Tribe provides electricity for Grand Canyon West operations, which include the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk and other local attractions. The project included converting an existing microgrid solely powered by diesel generators to one powered primarily by solar and a battery energy storage system (BESS). The BESS serves as the grid-forming source, greatly reducing operational costs and increasing reliability of the microgrid. The solar and battery are expected to provide 50% of the needed energy for the entire site. The most extensive challenge with this project was developing a solution that interfaced with their existing generators and microgrid and establishing a complete micro-grid sequence of operations to ensure grid stability.
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