The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Office of Clean Energy announced last week that Montclair has been awarded a $679,500 grant for the township's Town Center Distributed Energy Resource (TCDER) microgrid program.
The grant will go toward commissioning a consulting/engineering team to create a comprehensive engineering design plan for the construction of a Montclair "microgrid," town officials stated in a news release.
The microgrid will be tasked with providing power for several interconnected critical infrastructure buildings in the downtown area, which will boost public safety, security, sustainability and resilience in the community, officials said.
"A Montclair Town Center microgrid would provide resilient, clean and economical energy to several of our most critical infrastructure facilities," Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller said.
"At the same time, it would enhance security for our entire community during power grid disruptions," Spiller said.