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North Bay launches utility-scale microgrid

North Bay launches utility-scale microgrid

NORTH BAY, ONT.—S&C Electric Company and North Bay Hydro Services have announced the completion of a Community Energy Park project in North Bay, Ont. with the successful installation of the first utility-scale advanced microgrid in Canada.

The 789-kilowatt microgrid will supply enough energy to heat buildings in the town’s Community Energy Park, including the local YMCA Aquatic Centre and Memorial Gardens Sports Arena, providing local residents with a refuge during prolonged power outages. The microgrid is powered by two 265-kilowatt natural gas generators, a 9-kilowatt solar power generator, 7 kilowatts of rooftop panels and a 2-kilowatt solar flower, explained a July 10 statement.

The electricity and heat that are generated are distributed by a smart grid controller to the facilities plus an electric vehicle charging station. A PureWave SMS-250 Storage Management System will store energy to be used when needed.

The microgrid is the first utility-scale system of its kind in Canada, operating independent of the main grid, said Chicago-based S&C Electric.

The project allows North Bay Hydro Services to provide 87 per cent of the electricity requirements for the Community Energy Park’s buildings from on-site generation along with more than half of the park’s electrical heating needs.

“This microgrid paves the way for a resilient, sustainably powered future for the heart of North Bay and shows how forward-thinking approaches to power delivery can be used to protect our community members,” said Matt Payne, president and COO of North Bay Hydro Services, in the statement.

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