DCO Energy to Develop State-of-the-Art Microgrid System at Montclair State University
March 29, 2017
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DCO Energy and Montclair State University recently announced that they are expanding their existing partnership to create and develop a state-of-the-art microgrid on the institution's campus.
Upon completion of this new project, Montclair State University will be one of only a few educational institutions in NJ to have a fully integrated microgrid, a localized energy grid with independent control capabilities, including automatic disconnect from the traditional grid if an outage occurs and the ability for the system to operate autonomously.
This project follows the success of the Combined Heating, Cooling and Power (CHCP) project that DCO staff developed and has been operating on the Montclair State University campus since 2012. Results of the CHCP project include lower energy costs related to electric, heating and cooling, improved efficiency and a reduction of the University's overall carbon footprint. The capability for expansion was built into the original system, and has facilitated other new capital projects which have further benefitted the University.
Expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, the microgrid leverages the University's CHCP facility with additional generation and smart grid technology to provide a reliable utility infrastructure that will serve the more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff of the University.
"We are so proud of our partnership with Montclair State University," said Frank DiCola, Chairman and CEO of DCO Energy. "Microgrids are a tremendous benefit for educational facilities, and the University should be commended for being an early adopter of this powerful technology."
"Much like the CHCP project, the University will not need to contribute any construction funding for the new microgrid facility," said Michael Jingoli, CFO of DCO Energy.
Source: DCO Energy
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