Our solar-plus-storage microgrid at Peña Station NEXT has earned the title of 2017 Environmental Leader Project of the Year. Project partners include Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, Xcel Energy, Denver International Airport, LC Fulenwider, Inc., and Younicos. Partners share microgrid assets and benefits in a multi-stakeholder “portfolio” model that helps the utility modernize and manage its electricity grid with innovative technologies, aids grid integration of solar PV, strengthens resilience (including through backup power) for customers and critical loads, and supports the sustainability goals of diverse organizations.
Organized by Environmental Leader magazine, a leading trade publication focused on corporate energy management, environmental and sustainability initiatives, the annual Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence and innovation in products, services and projects that support business’ efforts in these areas, including positively impacting the bottom line. A panel of independent judges scored projects.
“We’re very proud to receive this recognition from Environmental Leader,” said Stephen L. Prince, CEO of Younicos “The collaboration with Panasonic on this microgrid project has been seamless and productive, resulting in a state-of-the-art microgrid that will anchor this development.”
The portfolio of shared assets that comprise the microgrid include:
1.6 MWdc carport solar photovoltaic (PV) system
259 kWdc rooftop solar PV array atop Panasonic’s facility
Anchor electricity load at Panasonic’s Technology and Business Solutions Center
1 MW / 2MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS)
Switching/control systems to operate the BESS and microgrid functionality
Four Younicos Y.Cubes have been connected to the Xcel Energy power grid, creating a 1 MW / 2 MWh battery storage resource enabled by Younicos’s intelligent Y.Q control software. The system’s multi-mode operating capability makes it possible to derive maximum benefits from the 1.6 MWdc solar PV system located on a nearby carport, along with 259 kWdc of PV on the building’s rooftop. Panasonic’s operations hub building, which has an intelligent building energy management system, is serving as the initial anchor load for the microgrid..