O&R announced this week that it is partnering with Smarter Grid Solutions, Inc. (SGS), one of the leading providers of distributed energy resource management software, on a demonstration project designed to help developers more affordably interconnect solar energy projects to the power grid and drive greater export of renewable energy on O&R’s system.

The demonstration project will test technologies which will monitor, measure and regulate the transfer of electricity from large-scale solar projects into the O&R system. Those technologies will manage the power flow to match the real-time capacity available in the O&R system. This project will provide solar developers an alternative interconnection technology in lieu of traditional electric infrastructure upgrades.

Regulating the timing and volume of the power flow into the space available on the O&R system has been shown to alleviate the need for costly new infrastructure to accommodate more power in certain situations, resulting in increased cleaner energy available to customers.

On July 19, the New York State Public Service Commission endorsed the project as meeting the objectives of the state’s initiative to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. This project also supports the state’s Clean Energy Standard which requires 50 percent of New York state’s electricity be provided by renewable energy by 2030.

O&R Vice President – Operations Francis W. Peverly said, “This approach makes a lot of sense to us. It will allow us to better utilize large-scale solar capacity, while improving the economics of the solar project for developers. We will be able to match a solar project’s output to the capacity available on our system, providing for more opportunities to foster clean energy projects for our customers.”

Smarter Grid Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Bob Currie, noted “Smarter Grid Solutions is thrilled to be working to deploy our technology to support the continued growth of clean and affordable energy for O&R’s customers. With North American headquarters in New York City, we are excited to partner with our fourth utility in the state to help achieve the NYSPSC’s ambitious objectives.”

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