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Microgrids consist of distributed energy generation assets that allow the microgrid to operate with or without the existing utility grid. This provides facilities that are connected to the microgrid with power during weather or other utility events that may cause extended outages. Partner is proud to be on the cutting edge of the emerging charge in developing microgrids that provide isolated power that cannot be interrupted by weather, transmission, or distribution events.

Partner is at the forefront of an effort that will accelerate in North America in the next several years, as a result of the security of un-interruptible power microgrids provide, their ability to alleviate the congestion of electricity, and their ability to lower overall energy costs in the long term.

Microgrid Integration

Microgrids can work independently or interoperate with existing power systems. They can also integrate with renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, waste to energy, and co-generation systems (CHP). Partner has the expert professionals to address not only the design through implementation of microgrids, but also how they integrate with sources of renewable energy.

Microgrid Case Study

Partner participated in the development of a microgrid project with the City of Bridgeport, Conn. for its city hall complex, police headquarters, and a nearby senior center. The Bridgeport microgrid – part of a statewide pilot program launched in January 2013 – is the first of its kind in the United States and is designed to provide power to several critical, public facilities for a minimum of four weeks during any future outages. Administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Bureau of Energy and Technology, this project will serve as a case study on how to implement microgrids on a wide scale. Partner, already an energy consultant to Bridgeport’s Energy Improvement District, was tasked by the city with the development of a viable microgrid project. The project had a target completion date of July 2014.