First Solar Microgrid Completed in Maryland
Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, together with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, dedicated the state’s first commercial scale solar microgrid at Konterra headquarters in Laurel. The 402 kW solar microgrid system is among the first commercial solar microgrids in the US.
The microgrid not only contributes towards generation of about 20% of Konterra’s annual building power, but also powers a couple of electric vehicle charging stations, as well as LED parking lot lighting. The power produced is equal to the electricity consumption of 57 American households per year. The project combines Maryland’s ample solar availability with its grid resiliency to achieve favourable results.
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