Long Island Community Microgrid Project kicks off, receives NY Prize funding

The project was one of the first awarded funding by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo through the NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition.

Josh Valentine

The Clean Coalition’s Long Island Community Microgrid Project launches in New York, serving as a model for the state and country.

Earlier this month, Greg Thomson and Bob O’Hagan of the Clean Coalition led initial meetings in New York with project partners, which include PSEG Long Island, Long Island Power Authority, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Suffolk County Water Authority, the Town of East Hampton, and the Springs Fire District.

Planned for the East Hampton area, the Long Island Community Microgrid Project aims to achieve nearly 50% of its grid-area electric power requirements from local solar and sets the stage to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in transmission investments that otherwise would be required to deliver power to the region.

The result will be an optimized local energy system combining up to 15 megawatts of solar power with a 25-megawatt-hour energy storage system. The renewables-based solution will also provide backup power to critical loads, including two Suffolk County Water Authority water pumping and filtration plants and the Springs Fire District facility, during outages.

The Long Island Community Microgrid Project delivers many benefits to the community such as: reducing the dependence on both the transmission grid and local, oil-based generators; significantly increasing the penetration of local renewable energy; maintaining electric services for critical loads during grid outages; and, demonstrating the feasibility of using energy storage in utility grid operations to increase local renewable energy while decreasing fossil-fuel consumption and transmission costs. In addition, it will serve as a model for New York and beyond proving that Community Microgrids provide cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable power.

The Long Island Community Microgrid Project was one of the first projects awarded funding by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo through the NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition. Currently, the Clean Coalition and its partners are on track to complete several project milestones by the end of the year.

Josh Valentine

Communications Manager

Josh Valentine brings to the Clean Coalition a mindful approach to communications, digital outreach, and marketing. He previously ran his own business, Promenade Media, focused on communications and marketing for renewables and climate advocacy. In Maine, Josh headed up digital efforts for Maine Businesses for Sustainability and was president of the Maine Marketing Association for three consecutive terms. Josh leads digital communications and marketing initiatives for the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.