Beyond The Grid Announced as Stage-One Winner of NY Prize
One of 83 projects throughout NYS competitively selected to evaluate the feasibility of installing and operating a community microgrid.
The Two Bridges/Beyond the Grid Community Microgrid will serve a mix of public and private residential, institutional, and commercial sites along Avenue C between East 10th Street and East 14th Street in the East Village, all of which were impacted by flooding and/or electrical outages as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The proposed microgrid would include a mix of natural gas and renewable generation sources, including combined heat and power, energy storage, and demand-side efficiency measures, and would serve three public schools, community center, pharmacy, supermarket, and a variety of apartment buildings.
Partners: Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc., Louis Berger Group, Schneider Electric, Milestone Architecture, WiFi-NY, New York City Housing Authority, L+M Development Partners, New York City Department of Education, Village East Towers, LES Ready, University Settlement, and Con Edison.
“A first-in-the nation $40 million competition to help communities create microgrids - standalone energy systems that can operate independently in the event of a power outage.
NY Prize helps communities reduce costs, promote clean energy, and build reliability and resiliency into the electric grid. NY Prize is a part of a statewide endeavor to modernize New York State’s electric grid, spurring innovation and community partnerships with utilities, local governments, and private sector. Our mission is to enable the technological, operational, and business models that will help communities reduce costs, promote clean energy, and build reliability and resiliency into the grid.”
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About Beyond the Grid:
BEYOND THE GRID
What if the power didn't go out during Hurricane Sandy?
The Beyond the Grid team is working with LES Ready to pilot an innovative resilient energy & communications network to serve the diverse needs of our Lower East Side community.
Beyond the Grid will power & connect community-based organizations, residential buildings and small businesses, retrofitted through sustainable design, to become resilient hubs of information and relief in crisis scenarios; our innovative use of green energy & communications technologies will enhance economic, environmental & social conditions in both crisis and fairweather scenarios.
Beyond the Grid Project Objectives
- Develop partnerships between residents, community-based organizations, small businesses and agencies, to establish a community-based resilient energy and communications network.
- Install energy efficient combined heating and power (CHP) systems to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change; these systems can still operate in the event of a power outage.
- Strengthen communications using a community wireless network powered by green energy.
- Protect buildings from flooding and weather extremes.
- Provide important information to the community in times of crisis and fair weather.