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Ville de Lac-Mégantic and Hydro-Québec partnering to build microgrid
By Ellen Cools
March 1, 2018 — Ville de Lac-Mégantic and Hydro-Québec are partnering to build a microgrid in the municipality’s new downtown.
Hydro-Québec says the project will help determine how new technologies could contribute to the creation of new services for customers and help them reduce their energy consumption.
The microgrid will also help maintain service to certain buildings during outages and help the utility identify ways to reduce electricity purchases during peak periods and avoid making extra investments in the power system.
“Lac-Mégantic is a city that is looking to the future and focusing on innovation. The region’s commitment to sustainable development and the collective efforts to rebuild the downtown area make Lac-Mégantic the ideal place to implement the most advanced energy technologies. This project confirms the city’s desire to lead the energy transition in rural areas,” said Julie Morin, Mayor of Lac-Mégantic.
The Lac-Mégantic microgrid will include about 30 residential and commercial buildings. It will feature:
• up to 1,000 solar panels (300 kW installed capacity)
• batteries able to store 300 kWh of energy
• smart homes and buildings equipped with consumption management systems
• charging stations for electric vehicles
Hydro-Québec will invest approximately $9 million in this project. Work will begin in 2018 and the microgrid is slated for commissioning in late 2019. Transition énergétique Québec will also be part of the project.