Hunts Point Microgrid
LOCATION: Hunts Point, Bronx, NY
COLLABORATORS: Sustainable Energy Partnerships, Energy Wiz, GE Microgrids, Baretto Bay Strategies, Olin Partnership, PennDesign, OnForce Solar, IdleAir
SERVICES: Energy Planning, Resilience Planning
Designing New Models of Energy Distribution
LEVEL led a feasibility study to develop a Community Microgrid for Hunts Point in the Bronx, New York. The project was part of NYSERDA’s NY Prize Stage 1 Microgrid Competition that allots $40 million to improving the reliability and resiliency of New York State’s electrical grid. The Hunts Point peninsula in the Bronx hosts a vibrant residential community and a major food distribution center (FDC) that distributes nearly 60% of the New York City region’s meat, fish, and produce.
The project studied the feasibility of a district co-generation facility to provide electricity, steam, and refrigeration to the food markets, nearby businesses, and the residential community facilities in the peninsula. Maintaining power, and thus refrigeration capacity, in these facilities during prolonged power outage conditions was a primary driver for the design of the proposal as well as the potential to generate electricity and refrigeration at a price point below current market conditions.
PROPOSED MICROGRID CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIPS
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