Utility Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) has bought, put in and obtained regulatory approval for Emera Technologies’ BlockEnergy microgrid platform to be used in a pilot program serving the Southshore Bay residential improvement, a group south of Tampa, Fla.
The solar-plus-energy storage microgrid, absolutely owned and operated by TECO, permits elevated operability, safety and grid resilience to mitigate excessive climate and different occasions that may influence electrical utility grid uptime. BlockEnergy microgrid additionally offers TECO with a cheap option to supply a distributed clear vitality useful resource to its Southshore Bay prospects and to rapidly advance its imaginative and prescient to attain a net-zero carbon future.
The Southshore Bay residential group, developed in partnership with residence builder Lennar Properties and land developer Metro Growth Group, is comprised of 37 new properties all outfitted with absolutely built-in, shared rooftop photo voltaic PV techniques. Every residence has a battery storage and energy digital management system, or BlockBox, which connects to the neighborhood distribution community, the place it communicates and shares vitality as wanted inside the group. A central vitality park is situated close to the doorway of Southshore Bay, containing supplemental batteries, non-compulsory extra era to be used throughout outages and a connection to the electrical utility energy grid.
With this utility-owned enterprise mannequin, owners nonetheless pay for electrical energy on the similar metered price as they usually would, with no additional grid prices or different charges. By being a part of the BlockEnergy community, as much as 80% of their residence vitality comes from the solar with out having to rent a photo voltaic contractor to put in a rooftop PV system, undergo the allowing and interconnection course of, after which function and keep the system.
“We’re frequently striving to seek out new methods of bringing smarter, cleaner and extra dependable vitality to our prospects,” says Dave Pickles, vp of electrical supply of Tampa Electrical. “The BlockEnergy microgrid pilot mission is a promising answer that brings a brand new layer of management, operability and adaptability. It’s one that may immediately profit our prospects and assist us to comprehend our net-zero imaginative and prescient.”
“We developed our BlockEnergy utility-owned enterprise mannequin with the constitution to discover a win-win answer for utilities, owners and regulators to supply clear, dependable vitality to owners,” states Rob Bennett, CEO of Emera Applied sciences. “We’re excited TECO is main the way in which by adopting BlockEnergy for Southshore Bay and offering a mannequin residential group that different utilities can be taught from, comply with go well with, and proceed to make the mandatory modifications we want for a cleaner, extra grid-resilient future.”
After two years of pilot testing and optimizing the platform at Kirtland Air Power Base in New Mexico – in collaboration with Sandia Laboratories – BlockEnergy obtained approval from the Florida Public Service Fee for Southshore Bay as a four-year pilot mission. The Tampa Electrical information additionally comes on the heels of Emera Applied sciences’ current UL 9450 fireplace and security certification for the vitality storage management system built-in with the BlockEnergy platform.
“We’re sustaining infrastructure and guaranteeing mission readiness in a manner that’s protected, safe, dependable, and cost-effective,” commens Colonel David Miller, the previous commander of Kirtland Air Power Base. “The Emera mission is true consistent with what we try to do. This additionally positions us as a frontrunner in serving to the state of New Mexico meet 2045 renewable portfolio requirements, whereas testing an revolutionary and sensible method to vitality surety and resiliency.”