A Maryland county activated two advanced microgrids Wednesday that were provided through a partnership with Duke Energy Renewables and Schneider Electric.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced the official activation of the microgrids during a ceremony in Gaithersburg. The microgrids are on-site clean power generation systems, allowing the public entity to both disconnect and operate independently from the power grid when necessary and also reduce carbon emissions.
They will power the county’s Public Safety Headquarters n Gaithersburg and Correctional Facility in Boyds. The partnership with Schneider Electric and Duke Energy required no upfront costs from the county.
“Montgomery County is one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to incorporate resilient energy resources, enabling essential public facilities to be self-sufficient and reduce our overall carbon footprint,” said Leggett. “The Public Safety Headquarters and the Montgomery County Correctional Facility are essential to protecting our communities. The solar panels and other advanced systems added to these facilities will generate clean power and take stress off the power grid during extreme weather conditions and other emergencies.”
The microgrids utilize solar panels and are capable of generating 11.4 million kWh of energy, according to reports. As part of the agreement, Duke Energy Renewables will own and operate both microgrids with the assistance of its subsidiary, REC Solar, and Schneider Electric.
“This Microgrid project is a major benefit for Montgomery County and the entire National Capital Region,” Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer said. “This P3 with Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables ensures that our Public Safety Headquarters and Correctional Facility has continuity of critical services during power losses, reduces our carbon footprint, and saves our residents millions of dollars.”