Philadelphia Navy Yard Begins Construction on Peaking Plant

The Navy Yard in Philadelphia is home to one of the largest microgrids in the United States, and soon it will be home to 6-MW natural gas-fired peaking plant.

Officials at the Navy Yard have hired Ameresco, a renewable energy solutions company, to begin work on the plant, which will be part of a 35-MW unregulated, stand-alone electric grid that will serve the Navy Yard campus.

“This new on-site generation facility will help support the energy demand for the 1,200-acre campus as businesses continue to locate here and grow, while remaining in line with the Navy Yard’s commitment to smart energy initiatives and sustainability,” said Prema Gupta, Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Planning, Development, and Operations at PIDC, an economic development agency in Philadelphia.

Once operational, the multi-million-dollar peaking plant is anticipated to run during the Navy Yard’s peak demand periods and during intervals of high-cost energy and capacity from the grid. By generating power during peak times, the project will allow PIDC to reliably meet the projected demand growth needs of the Navy Yard and its tenants.

The project is expected to be operational in late 2017.

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