Los Alamos Boasts First Photovoltaic System Installed on a Landfill in New mexico

NEDO has begun installing the photovoltaic system on the capped landfill adjacent to the Eco Center. NEDO will install one megawatt, and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will enter into a purchase power agreement for another, for a total of two megawatts on the capped landfill. This is the first photovoltaic system in New Mexico to be installed on a landfill. Photo by Julie Williams-Hill

Staff Report

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has partnered with Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos National Laboratory on a demonstration smart grid project.

The project will build a power supply microgrid, which includes a two megawatt photovoltaic facility or solar array, a seven megawatt hour large scale battery storage system and a typical home converted to a “Smart House.”

Assembled frames awaiting the attachment of photovoltaic panels. Each panel represents 1.5 kilowatts. Photo by Julie Williams-Hill

DPU staff oversee the installation of a Vista switchgear. The vista switchgear will tie the PV system into the LAC distribution grid. Photo by Julie Williams-Hill

Installation of the 800KW lead acid battery storage system. Photo taken Friday by Julie Williams-Hill

Inside one of the lead acid storage containers. Photo by Julie Williams-Hill

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com



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