February 2, 2018

Mass. firm announces $4.5M Milford microgrid project

A Massachusetts energy company said it has struck a $4.5 million deal to build a microgrid in the city of Milford.

Schneider Electric of Andover, Mass. said the microgrid will provide backup power to key city buildings during emergencies, such as storms.

When the main power grid fails, a microgrid operates independently so crucial buildings stay open, the company said.

The five city buildings to be included in the microgrid are: the senior center, River Park Elderly Apartments, the Parsons Government Center, City Hall, and Harborside Middle School.

The project is being funded in part through a $2.9 million grant the city received in 2014 from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The money will pay for design, engineering and connecting the buildings via underground cables, the company said.

Milford will fund a generator and a battery energy storage system, while Schneider said it will provide microgrid design expertise and electrical equipment.

Natalie Missakian can be reached at news@newhavenbiz.com

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