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Smart, Proactive, Enabled, Energy Distribution; Intelligent, Efficiently, Responsive (SPEEDIER) project

Strategic Area

Smart Grid Demonstration & Deployment

Status

Active

Partners

Opus One Solutions

Lakeland Holding

Savage Data Systems

Fund

Green Infrastructure

Year

2018

GI Contribution

  • $1,669,800 – Demonstration
  • $2,087,249 – Deployment

Project Total

$8,348,996

Location

Parry Sound, ON

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Bracebridge Generation Ltd.

SPEEDIER

Lead Proponent

Bracebridge Generation Ltd.

Project Objectives

Several rows of solar panel arrays mounted on uneven rocky terrain.

Completed installation of ground-mounted solar panels built on Parry Sound’s old landfill site, land that would otherwise be un-useable.

  • Text version Several rows of solar panel arrays mounted on uneven rocky terrain.

This projects objective is to modernize the Town of Parry Sound’s electricity grid to facilitate the shift towards a net-zero (carbon-neutral) smart community by using advanced grid modeling and system planning tools as well as Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERMS) for increasing visibility and control of loads and variable renewable generation.

The project will increase solar and energy storage, reduce loading on the transmission station, increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption, develop virtual net metering utilizing solar photovoltaic (PV) and water power, develop greater automation and integration within the utility environment, and develop smart residential demand management via controllable Hot Water Tanks (HWTs), EV chargers and battery storage. The project addresses previously identified needs for costly system upgrades required for the growing energy demands of the community.

Expected Results

The project will:

  1. Model and integrate diverse Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) controlled using a Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) to balance energy consumption and generation;
  2. Develop Virtual Net Metering data infrastructure to allow customers the ability to receive credit for power generated; and
  3. Implement a utility feeder-level microgrid using solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage to provide increased system resiliency.

Anticipated GHG reductions (tCO2e):

367 annually by 2030

Project Updates

An electric vehicle charger, situated in a parking lot in front of a fence.

Level 3 EV charger located at Trestle Brewing Company, Parry Sound.

  • Text version An electric vehicle charger, situated in a parking lot in front of a fence.

The Project’s microgrid is well under way. Solar PV, central battery, and reclosers have been installed and commissioned, along with associated communication equipment. Installation of controllable hot water tanks and distributed batteries has progressed, as well as commissioning and installation of EV chargers. The project creates an energy distribution grid that builds towards a net-zero smart community and addresses previously identified needs for costly system upgrades required for the growing energy demands of the community. Despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, site visits and partner meetings continue safely and regularly.

The public is encouraged to visit the website at www.speedier.ca – those interested in being involved can reach out through the site.

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