The New York Power Authority (NYPA) partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz on a new energy storage project powered by the sun. The new, 217 kilowatt solar panel system includes a battery storage project, which together will provide power for the university’s Elting Gymnasium and will serve as a test project for the battery storage system. It’s part of many efforts New York is taking to boost the amount of clean energy in the state.
While solar panels are tried and true at this point, battery storage projects at commercial scale are just starting to gain traction and this project will provide important data to NYPA. “This project gives a glimpse of the grid of the future,” explained Mark McGranaghan, vice president of power delivery and utilization at EPRI. “One-day installations like this will be common elements of the grid, providing benefits of resiliency and optimizing overall energy use and grid performance.”
The $1.37 million project is part of the BuildSmart NY program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. The state’s power authority will provide $580,000 in funding for the project. Other funding, $271,720 is coming from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and $210,000 from the local utility Central Hudson Gas & Electric.
NYSERDA President and CEO John Rhodes said, “Combining solar energy and a battery storage system has the potential to make a huge impact on our energy use. Adding renewables and resilience to the State’s electric grid is a critical component of Governor Cuomo’s energy vision and we are proud to be a partner in this project.”
“Central Hudson is pleased to support this this innovative project that not only benefits a key customer, but also advances technologies that promote reliability, resilience and sustainability,” said Michael Mosher, CEO of Central Hudson. “This project also provides an opportunity to test the ability of smart inverters and battery storage to support grid functions, for the benefit of all customers.”
The majority of solar panels will be installed on the gym roof and the remainder on the Sojourner Truth Library. The solar panels will charge the battery system, which is located in the gym basement. The batteries will provide power during periods of peak demand and emergencies.
The gym is an emergency shelter on campus. As such the new system also will include a hybrid power converter and backup generator to supply power in case of an outage.Tweet