The Garrett County Republican
Frostburg State University has been awarded an inaugural Resilient Maryland pilot grant of $100,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration to plan a campus-scale microgrid that will bolster campus energy resilience, further sustainability goals and provide students with real-world applied learning opportunities.
FSU is partnering with Optimize Renewables, an energy-systems planning, design, development and finance firm, to be able to leverage the project to help displaced Allegany County workers and others in the region transition to the clean energy industry.
The university has named Optimize President Len Jornlin an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
“This model project is an example of the innovation that Frostburg State’s new Advanced Technology Center can deliver,” said FSU President Ronald H. Nowaczyk. “Not only will it enhance the University’s energy systems sustainably and deliver a level of resiliency that will be beneficial to the entire region, but it will do so in a way that also allows for hands-on academic participation and positive economic impact.”