Schneider, Duke supply microgrids to Maryland government

Montgomery County services complex

Duke Energy Renewables will own both advanced microgrids, and its affiliate, REC Solar, will build the PV system. Schneider Electric will also assist Duke Energy Renewables in the operation of the microgrids. The two microgrids will become fully operational in 2018.

The microgrid as a service (MaaS) market was valued at $775 million in 2015 and is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 15.86% during the forecast period, according to a new study by Research & Markets.

Improvements include upgrades in infrastructure at the two building complexes and natural gas generators that enable uninterrupted public services during emergencies.

Since Schneider Electric is funding and developing both microgrids as a MaaS business model, Montgomery County can complete construction without any up-front costs to the County. A special power purchase agreement helps pay for the microgrids through lower cost energy generation.

Schneider Electric will play a comprehensive role in designing and implementing this solution, including: micro-grid protection control and optimization, electrical equipment, distributed energy resource management, electrical design services, cybersecurity and network design.

The Montgomery County public safety complex houses central County Police and County Fire and Rescue Services functions, the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the 1st District Police Station. The Montgomery County Correctional Facility, located in Boyds, Maryland, is responsible for the custody and care of about 1,000 inmates.