PUD’s experimental solar power microgrid is ready to go live

By District Energy posted 07-28-2021 15:14

  

Herald.net

Summary

Solar power, batteries, cars that can charge buildings, a self-sustaining energy grid.

Snohomish County PUD’s $12 million microgrid is a clean energy experimenter’s dream. And it’s a tool that could one day become useful in the face of natural disasters, predicted to become more common as climate change persists.

It isn’t big, at least as far as electric projects go, but it’s big on ideas. The goal is to show all the possibilities of a microgrid, and give a chance for engineers to work out any kinks, while they still can.

During a visit in April, the site near the Arlington Airport had Gov. Jay Inslee impressed. He marveled at the battery storage, and made sure to stand in front of the solar array for a photo opp. It was the type of innovation he wanted to see in Washington’s energy systems.

“I’m gonna brag about this,” Inslee assured PUD officials.

On Friday, the microgrid is ready to be turned on, whenever needed.

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