Smart grid company S&C Electric Co. and North Bay Hydro Services, an Ontario-based municipal electric utility affiliate services provider, announced the completion of North Bay's Community Energy Park project with the successful installation of a microgrid in Canada.
The system will island, or keep a group of critical buildings powered, to create a community shelter for the town's more than 51,000 residents if a winter storm, or other disaster, were to knock out North Bay's power.
Developed largely in response to a 2013 ice storm that hit the province of Ontario and left hundreds of thousands of residents without power for days, the 789 kW microgrid will supply enough energy to heat buildings in the town's Community Energy Park, including the local YMCA Aquatic Centre and Memorial Gardens Sports Arena, allowing thousands of local residents a safe haven from the elements during prolonged outages. The microgrid is powered by two 265-kW natural gas generators and a 9-kW of solar, 7 kW of rooftop panels and a 2 kW solar flower.
In addition to helping North Bay meet its goal of developing a reliably-powered safe refuge, the microgrid will greatly improve the city's overall power efficiency. The project now allows for North Bay Hydro Services to provide 87 percent of the electricity requirements for the Community Energy Park's buildings from on-site generation along with more than half of the park's electrical heating needs.
S&C Electric Co. and North Bay Hydro Services will be hosting a community barbecue on Wednesday, July 10, to celebrate the completion of the North Bay microgrid project. Taking place at the Community Energy Park in North Bay, Ontario 100 Chippewa Street West, North Bay, ON P1B 6G2.