The microgrid aims to provide solar-powered, battery-powered, and generator-based electricity for a dozen municipal and privately owned properties. It will allow Highland Park to be less vulnerable during power disruptions and improve municipal emergency response capabilities.
Highland Park is among eight municipalities to receive incentives through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Town Center Distributed Energy Resources (TCDER) Microgrid program. Initiated after Superstorm Sandy, the program funds feasibility and design studies for New Jersey communities to operate independently of the power grid.
Supporting Gabel Associates, Burns is developing electrical designs to connect solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays currently installed on the Borough Hall and Highland Park Fire Station with a combined renewable solar and battery-storage system run by Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G). The system will also incorporate emergency generators to extend microgrid operation.
The microgrid is being designed to operate virtually indefinitely during an extended power outage, providing electricity to community schools, police headquarters, public works facilities, and senior housing.
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Photo: Highland Park High School (courtesy WikiMedia)
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