Ameresco Project Goes Live to Anchor Philadelphia Navy Yard Microgrid

A generating plant that will serve as anchor for the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid — one of the largest private microgrids in the U.S. — is now in operation.

Navy Yard microgridProject developer Ameresco announced completion of the new 6-MW natural gas peaking plant Tuesday, in a ceremony also attended by the PIDC — Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the Navy Yard — the City of Philadelphia, U.S. Navy, and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

The plant provides peaking generation, ancillary services, and resiliency and microgrid integration capabilities for the 1,200-acre commercial redevelopment project.

“As a key component of the Navy Yard’s leading-edge microgrid, the plant is capable of providing certain resiliency services and critical support in the event of extended grid outages in addition to shaving the peak load requirements of the microgrid,” said Michael Bakas, Ameresco executive vice president.

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