26 Oct '16, 4pm

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Vermont-based Green Mountain Power (GMP) has announced the utility is using its Stafford Hill Solar Farm, a microgrid that combines 2 MW of solar panels with 3.4 MWh of battery storage, to reduce peak power usage and save customers money. In fact, GMP notes it realized substantial savings when it hit its annual peak on August 12, during which the weather was nearly 90 degrees F. The utility says it was able to reduce its overall energy demand by using both the solar generated at Stafford Hill and all the energy stored in the batteries during the hour that New England hit its annual peak. According to GMP, utilities in the region are charged year-round according to the percent they contribute to the New England peak during that hour, so by significantly reducing GMP’s peak use during that hour, the Stafford Hill project saved customers approximately $200,000. Located in Rut...

Full article: http://solarindustrymag.com/vt-utility-uses-solar-storage...

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