S&C Electric Canada has partnered with North Bay Hydro to install a microgrid at North Bay Community Energy Park.

Under the partnership, S&C Electric will provide engineering, procurement, and contract management services for the automated microgrid, which features solar panels, battery energy storage, and a GridMaster control system.

S&C Electric Canada vice-president Paul McMullen said: “This project will combine renewable generation, energy storage, and S&C’s GridMaster microgrid control system to fully integrate all of the components.”

Following completion, the North Bay Community Energy Park will feature a solar array designed to operate separately from the main power grid. This will help power the neighbouring Memorial Gardens ice rink and a charging station for electric vehicles.

"This will be one of the few complexes within a 100km radius capable of keeping the lights and heat on while sheltering people if the main grid fails."

The PureWave SMS-250 storage management system will ensure smooth management of the grid and will improve resiliency by storing energy.

The Energy Park will also feature a cogeneration facility that will help to power the microgrid and heat both the Aquatic Centre and Memorial Gardens.

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North Bay Hydro CEO Todd Wilcox said: “The project is modular, therefore, expansion will be easier as the site evolves as the needs of the community changes. The Memorial Gardens and Aquatic Centre will be used as a refuge point in times of crisis, a priceless community benefit.

“This will be one of the few complexes within a 100km radius capable of keeping the lights and heat on while sheltering people if the main grid fails, for example, due to an ice storm.”

To be developed with an investment of around C$4.5m ($3.6m), the Energy Park is expected to be operational by next year, reported baytoday.ca.

Image: Microgrid testing and analysis at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), US. Photo: courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory/ Flickr.