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Reliable, Resilient Microgrids for Mission-critical Needs 

Microgrids are small electrical grids that can power multiple buildings or a campus either in parallel with or independently from other electric utilities. They are configured to meet the reliability, efficiency, environmental and/or economic goals of the connected facilities. Microgrids have the advantage of integrating renewable and advanced energy generation technologies that can dramatically improve technical, environmental and economic performance. They commonly utilize thermal loops to increase efficiency of the facilities connected to them. Microgrids augment and improve the resiliency and reliability of district energy systems for mission-critical campuses.

Microgrids

As a small, advanced electric grid, a microgrid serves a discrete geographic footprint and can self-supply power, helping to increase resiliency and reduce energy expenses and carbon footprint. Microgrids offer the ability to integrate a wide variety of generation sources and provide a backbone for future development over time.

Energy Plant Operations

Proactive management of energy infrastructure is critical to managing carbon footprint, minimizing risk and extracting maximum efficiencies from utility systems. As the largest owner and operator of district systems across the U.S., Vicinity is an expert at managing complex energy plants and facility infrastructure, as well as integrating microgrid technologies throughout its portfolio and its customers’ sites.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy can be generated from multiple sources, including wind, biofuels, and solar, to name a few. Integration of renewable energy can yield emission reductions, energy independence, additional resilience and savings. This integration can greatly improve the economic benefits of these systems, enabling their commercial viability.

Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

CHP is an efficient process that captures waste heat generated from electricity production and converts it into usable thermal energy. By consuming less fuel than if the power and thermal energy were produced separately, CHP is highly efficient and reduces carbon emissions. This is a natural fit for integration with microgrids and district energy systems.

Turnkey Microgrid Services for Highly Reliable Energy Solutions

Business continuity and reliability are essential to any business, institution or critical facility. The fundamental benefit of a microgrid is the ability to provide increased energy reliability and resiliency while also enabling facilities to continuously operate even in the event of unforeseen grid outages.

Further, controlling energy costs while also reducing environmental impacts are major priorities for building owners and managers. As the energy industry has evolved, energy markets and technologies have become more complex, while at the same time, new market opportunities have opened up for creative energy sourcing and innovation.

At the forefront of energy generation and transformation, Vicinity’s energy, finance, operations and technology specialists are experts at assessing our customer’s energy needs and recommending the right solution derived from a range of technologies and applications.

Vicinity can provide full turnkey microgrid services from initial concept development through to finance and long-term operation. This enables our customers to yield the benefits of a microgrid while reducing the risk and cost associated with self-development. Further, integration of microgrid technologies along with connection to one of Vicinity’s district energy systems provides for multiple economic and resiliency benefits that are difficult to match. Finally, Vicinity provides performance guarantees to ensure that the expected outcomes for our customers are realized.

What Benefits Can a Microgrid Offer You?

Through years of expertise in navigating energy markets and implementing energy and technology solutions, our team of experts can deliver a full suite of integrated contracting and delivery models, including providing full financing. Our customized turnkey approach ranges from performing a needs assessment and developing a solution to operating and optimizing distributed energy assets over the long term. Our goal is to enable our customers to focus on their core business, while we help support the efficiency, sustainability and reliability of our customers’ energy assets.

Vicinity’s Microgrid Services

  • Project economics and technical feasibility assessments
  • Long-term operations and maintenance
  • Project investment and/or ownership
  • Integrated and turnkey project solutions
  • Multi-faceted expertise in energy markets, engineering and construction
  • Design and project development management services
  • Coordination and collaboration with local utilities
  • Support on utility interconnection, permitting and applicable incentives

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