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Public Safety Headquarters Microgrid

Montgomery County Government
Department of General Services
Project Manager
Michael Yambrach
Office of Energy and Sustainability
(240) 777-6091
Private Partners
Duke Energy Renewables
Schneider Electric

Montgomery County will be installing a Microgrid Project at Montgomery County’s Public Safety Headquarters (PSHQ) located at 100 Edison Park Dr., Gaithersburg, Maryland as part of a comprehensive effort to ensure the resiliency of critical public services during major electric distribution system outages and enabling continuous facility operations.

The County’s microgrid project is a Public-Private Partnership. Duke Energy Renewables will own and operate the system for its 25-year service life. Schneider Electric will construct and maintain the system. The project is a national model to improve the resiliency of local governments and is receiving national attention. The project is expected to be an example to other communities looking to protect similar public services.

The project will include multiple clean energy technologies integrated to operate seamlessly and is expected to generate 11.4 million kilowatt hours of clean and low emissions energy. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emission by 3,233 metric tons annually – the equivalent of taking 680 cars off the road. The project design will include two megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic canopies mounted over the exiting parking lot. In addition, the project will upgrade the existing facility generator bank, allowing generators to provide electrical and thermal power to the facility.

Ground breaking began in July 2017. Completion of the project is expected by the end of 2018.

Public Safety Headquarters - Canopy Location and Height
Location and Height of parking lot solar canopies. This pdf includes additional details.
Public Safety Headquarters - Canopy Array Layout
Array plan of the parking lot solar canopies.
Public Safety Headquarters - Canopy Example
An example of similar solar canopies over parking lots.
Public Safety Headquarters - Canopy Construction in Progress
Solar canopy construction in progress at Public Safety Headquarters in August 2017.
Public Safety Headquarters - Canopy Construction in Progress
Solar canopy construction in progress at Public Safety Headquarters in August 2017.
Public Safety Headquarters - Canopy Construction in Progress
Solar canopy construction in progress at Public Safety Headquarters in August 2017.
Public Safety Headquarters - Canopy Construction in Progress
Solar canopy construction in progress at Public Safety Headquarters in August 2017.

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