Montpelier, VT (PRWEB) August 12, 2014
Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance applauds the announcement of a groundbreaking solar + storage microgrid project in Rutland, Vermont. The Stafford Hills project is being developed by Green Mountain Power, in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar. The energy storage component of this project is co-funded by a unique federal-state-NGO partnership involving the State of Vermont; the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity; and the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP), a project managed by Clean Energy States Alliance and Sandia National Laboratories.
“This project is a national model for the future of clean energy – combining solar with energy storage,” said Lewis Milford, president of Clean Energy Group, which manages the Clean Energy States Alliance. “Solar power and battery storage will provide clean reliable power to a school that serves as an emergency shelter, helping a community cope with loss of power in a future disaster. This new form of resilient power is what all communities need to protect themselves from power outages in severe weather events.”
Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy, commented, “This project provides resilient power during emergencies while benefiting the grid at other times. The technical innovations will reduce cost and make the project commercially viable…. This is the perfect project! It has social value, technical innovation, and furthers renewable integration for the grid.”
This project is unique in several ways:
This project puts Vermont in the forefront of the new movement toward microgrids, energy storage, and grid modernization. Solar + storage and microgrid technologies are poised to revolutionize resilient power, bringing clean, locally-generated power to communities all over the world. These systems can keep critical facilities, such as emergency shelters, firehouses and fueling stations, operating when the grid goes down. There is a great need for such resilient power solutions, as shown by recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, which affected the entire eastern seaboard and left millions without electrical service. With this project, Vermont takes a giant step toward addressing this need, as well as meeting Vermont’s clean energy and emissions reduction goals.
About Clean Energy Group (CEG) and Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)
CEG is a leading national, nonprofit advocacy organization working on innovative technology, finance, and policy programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. CEG also manages the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a coalition of state and municipal clean energy funds. CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. Learn more at http://www.cleanegroup.org and http://www.cesa.org.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power, or GMP, is a local electricity utility in the state of Vermont focused on providing its customers with a balance of the most reliable, affordable, smart, and clean electricity, in an effort to be the best small utility in America. Learn more at http://www.greenmountainpower.com/.