600 kW DC, ground mounted with curtailment control of PV output
100 x 5 kW AC, permanent magnet, direct drive
Li-on, 500 kW/750 kWh, with grid forming capability, round efficiency 85%
Max. 480 kW, average 320 kW, min. 250 kW
A microgrid is a local and independent energy system that can generate, distribute, store and regulate the flow of electricity. It is essentially a scaled down version of the main grid and can operate either in conjunction with the larger grid, or in “islanded mode.” Where necessary and practical it can also switch between the two. Like it’s bigger cousin, a microgrid can draw energy from non-renewables and renewable sources or a combination of the two. The more a microgrid is optimized for the use of renewable inputs like solar energy, the lower its environmental impact and long-term costs of operation become.
Whether building a microgrid from scratch or retrofitting an existing diesel microgrid, at Canadian Solar we can assist you in developing an optimal solution. This includes the integration of intermittent renewable generation sources, while using storage and limited non-renewables to ensure grid stability, reliability, power quality, safety and efficiency. Leveraging the cost and environmental benefits of solar power to maximum advantage is made possible by the extensive cost reduction of PV solar systems in recent years and advances in control and communications technologies. These technologies also make it possible to feed surplus energy into the regional grid or, in turn, to draw energy from it where necessary.