Community Microgrid (Government/Non-Profit) - Who's Eligible?
Feasibility assessment grants will be provided through a competitive solicitation open to municipalities and their public works departments, electric distribution companies, municipal light plants, emergency services departments, owners of critical infrastructure such as hospitals and financial institutions, self-organized groups of commercial building owners, developers or any entity that either owns property within a proposed microgrid or can demonstrate that they represent stakeholders with the capability of developing a multi-user microgrid. MassCEC will support feasibility assessments for prospective community microgrid projects which meet the following criteria:
- Are community, multi-user microgrids (as opposed to single owner or campus-style microgrids);
- Are located in Massachusetts;
- Have the active and engaged support of the local utility (either investor-owned or municipal light plants);
- Demonstrate a strong potential to reduce GHG emissions through the integration of energy efficiency, Combined Heat and Power (“CHP”), renewable energy systems, electric and/or thermal storage technologies, demand management, and other relevant technologies;
- Encompass a public or private critical facility including but not limited to schools, hospitals, shelters, libraries, grocery stores, service (gas) stations, fire/police stations or waste water treatment plants;
- Attract third party investment;
- Highlight Massachusetts-based clean energy/microgrid technology;
- Support the distribution system by addressing capacity concerns, providing black start capability, facilitating renewables integration, or providing other services that are meaningful to the local utility.