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Ameresco awarded 10-MW Slemon Park microgrid project on The Island

February 16, 2022 | By Anthony Capkun

February 16, 2022 – Ameresco Inc. announced it has been awarded the Slemon Park microgrid project, which it will develop in collaboration with PEI Energy Corp. Construction began in December, with a target energize date scheduled for this fall.

Located a short distance from Summerside, the Slemon Park business park hosts aerospace, manufacturing, and safety training organizations. It is also home to a residential community of more than 230 families.

The Slemon Park microgrid will consist of a 10-MW solar facility with direct current-coupled energy storage (the co-located solar and energy storage assets will share the same interconnection).

Implementation of behind-the-meter energy storage solutions, as well as a small deployment of residential energy storage systems, will benefit Slemon Park commercial businesses and local residents by storing energy for later use, says Ameresco.

By incorporating energy storage components to better balance renewable energy generation, the microgrid will help manage peak load demands within Slemon Park, and is expected to offset approximately 4500 tonnes CO2e/year over its useful life.

“We are so excited to partner with PEI Energy Corp. on such an impactful project. Improving grid resiliency will enable the province […] to successfully implement renewable energy projects that will help serve to protect The Island’s environment and lead to a more sustainable and economically robust future,” said Bob McCullough, president, Ameresco Canada.

Ameresco and PEI Energy Corp. will work with the Slemon Park Corp. to utilize the latter’s infrastructure to implement the microgrid.

“The Slemon Park microgrid project will further our goal of achieving net zero energy by 2030 on Prince Edward Island,” said Steven Myers, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action.

Ameresco Inc. is a cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner and operator. Its portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

Federal funding for this project is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Smart Grid Program, part of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Green Infrastructure stream.

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