Canada invests $3 million in smart grid project
- Aug 12, 2019 4:19 am GMT
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The government of Canada has announced a $2.9 million investment in a smart grid project in the town of Parry Sound, led by Bracebridge Generation and utility software engineering pioneer Opus One Solutions.
The project aims to help the utility reduce system costs and improve the long-term flexibility and reliability of the grid by leveraging a set of grid intelligence tools that monitor and control locally connected renewable energy generation, storage and residential demand management resources.
Building on the utilitys net-zero community plan, Opus One Solutions is providing software intelligence that will give Bracebridge Generation full visibility and control of their network to help:
increase solar and energy storage penetration in Parry Sound
reduce constraints at the transmission station to improve reliability
increase adoption of electric vehicles
automate and integrate residential demand management via controllable hot water tanks, EV chargers, and battery storage
increase system resiliency with a feeder-level microgrid
defer unnecessary costly upgrades in poles and wires infrastructure
The funding announcement was made on July 23 by Parliamentary Secretary Paul Lefebvre, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Canadas Minister of Natural Resources. The investment comes from the smart grid program, which is part of the government of Canada's more than $180 billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan.