Sunverge has been selected by Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, for a planned virtual power plant (VPP) behind-the-meter project on the Elk Neck peninsula in Cecil County, Maryland.
During outages the VPP will provide backup power to homes located on a peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay. These homes are situated in a heavily forested area and supported by an overhead and underground distribution feeder that is four miles long.
Many customers are vulnerable to grid outages because of this isolation, and can greatly benefit from reliable backup generation.
“We are honored and excited to be selected for this project and to have the opportunity to work with Delmarva Power to demonstrate the value of residential battery systems for the residents at Elk Neck and to the electric grid.
“We are confident that Sunverge’s advanced DER Control and aggregation solution will demonstrate the value of aggregating residential behind-the meter systems for the Maryland electricity grid and participating residential customers. It will provide autonomous and aggregated energy storage, with the goal of providing additional grid reliability and resiliency benefiting Delmarva Power’s entire service area. The combination of real-time dynamic load flexibility and grid services is a powerful tool for managing the grid of the future and integrating the growth of distributed energy resources.”Martin Milani, CEO of Sunverge.
The project is expected to increase overall grid reliability, integration of distributed energy resources (DER) and allow potential involvement in the PJM wholesale electricity market.
The VPP will also enable additional grid services, including peak shaving and Reactive Power support.
The project is expected to have a capacity of.55 MW/2.2 MWh and is estimated to generate a profit of $2 million over a 15-year period.
The proposal is currently under review by the Maryland Public Service Commission and subject to its approval.