A solar plus battery storage system has been installed on a campus in New York State, to provide backup power support for “designated emergency shelter” during power outages.
Led by the NY Power Authority (NYPA), the $1.37 million project,which integrates 200kWh of Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries with 217kW of solar PV array, is expected to help the State University of New York at New Paltz gain independence from the grid.
In addition, the battery system will release stored solar power at times of high electricity demand and during emergencies or power outages to support the designated emergency shelter for the campus and community at the college's Elting Gymnasium.
NYPA’s president and CEO, Gil Quiniones, said: "This project includes both renewable generation and energy storage capabilities, enabling the school to power its emergency shelter with clean electricity in case of a blackout on the state's electric grid. This microgrid technology is becoming increasingly important as we look to create a more robust and resilient power grid throughout New York."