SIERRA CLUB News:
Was yours one of the households that participated in the photovoltaic/micro-grid project? Would you like to see the date and discuss the future of possible projects?
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco will discuss the U.S.-Japan Demonstration Smart Grid Project that was undertaken in Los Alamos.
Project partners included Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the DPU.
Through the construction of a micro-grid on North and Barranca Mesas, project partners demonstrated photovoltaic penetration levels ranging from 25 – 50 percent on this neighborhood with approximately 1,600 homes. Using smart grid technology, electric loads were balanced and output fluctuations were absorbed to meet the firm power needs of these customers.
The project also incorporated a demonstration smart house that was able to respond to the grid, and a demand-response study conducted by Kyoto University with volunteers from North and Barranca Mesas.
The community is encouraged to hear the results of this project and give input into future projects, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at UNM-LA Bldg 2, Room 230.