Inclement weather and unreliable grid infrastructure can interrupt essential emergency services and hinder the day-to-day operations of local and state governments. That’s why public sector information management company Tyler Technologies is installing 300 kilowatts of solar combined with 600 kilowatt-hours of energy storage at its North Texas campus. During events, such as a grid failure, the company will have the ability to maintain solar power generation, while utilizing its battery storage system to maintain operations.
"Thanks to declining system costs, primarily in batteries, public sector agencies and the companies that support them now have the opportunity to capitalize on clean renewable energy, coupled with energy storage to protect operations against power failures and keep our cities, counties and states moving forward," said Dan Brdar, CEO of Ideal Power. "We believe that this pilot project will become a unique value add to Tyler Technologies and the services it provides to its clients."
With the installation of the system, Tyler Technologies will able to maintain a reliable energy supply during power outages to connect the information it maintains with local governments. This includes relaying essential information needed to facilitate communication between 911 dispatches, police departments and emergency responders if the grid goes down during an extreme weather event.
The project will be installed in cooperation with Ideal Power at two Tyler Technologies campus buildings. Each system will consist of a 150 kilowatt solar array combined with a 300 kilowatt-hour energy storage system. The systems will integrate five Ideal PowerStabiliti 30C3 power converters, enabling bi-directional power flow between solar array and battery storage to form a microgrid.
The combined system will also help Tyler Industries offset annual electricity costs and lessen its carbon footprint. "According to our analysis, we believe that our systems combined with Ideal Power's power conversion technologies can offer payback in less than seven years, making it a compelling solution for renewable electricity that can withstand power outages,” said Matthew Rater, director of operations for W Energies Solar One.
Battery storage systems combined with residential rooftop solar installations and utility-scale solar farms to form microgrids increase grid resiliency. As a result of local and state level policies, utilities are beginning to develop microgrids to support more diverse distributed energy sources. The growth of microgrids may help increase the capability and performance flexibility of renewable energy sources, according to a recent Smart Electric Power Alliance and Electric Power Reseach Institute report, Microgrids: Expanding Applications, Implementations, and Business Structures.Tweet