Middletown Recreation Center Choose Microgrid, Fully Engineered by Clarke Energy
Middletown, Connecticut, USA --
- Middletown Recreation Center with funding partner X-Caliber Rural Funding have selected Clarke Energy USA Inc, a KOHLER Company to provide a microgrid system solution developed by Clarke Energy for the newly upgraded recreation center in Connecticut
- Facility will integrate a 35kW combined heat and power (CHP) unit, a battery energy storage system, solar photovoltaic system, and a KOHLER back-up gas-fueled generator
- Clarke Energy supplying their most complex microgrid yet at as the company grows to become a full distributed energy solutions business.
Following the recent demolition and relocation of the Woodrow Wilson Middle School, in Middletown Connecticut, the Middletown Recreation Center is being developed on the site to serve the local community. With significant investment from the local council the site will include a new recreation office, and there will be renovation to the gyms and pools creating the first dedicated building for the department. The building will also be used as a heating and cooling center during extreme weather events. In the event the power utility company has an outage the microgrid system will supply energy to the building keeping local residents comfortably supplied with resilient power.
In line with the facility being set for the future of the community, sustainable and resilient energy for the recreation center is essential. Clarke Energy was chosen to provide the power solution for the building and to develop and deliver a turnkey microgrid for the site. This facility incorporates several different power generation and storage technologies that will be integrated and optimised to provide both parallel and back-up power for the community center.
The base energy source for the community center is one of Clarke Energy’s CHP units supplying 35kW of electricity and 204.1kBTU/hr of hot water at high efficiency. The CHP can provide black-start capability for the microgrid. In addition, there will be a solar photovoltaic array providing renewable electricity from the sun. Surplus energy can be stored in a battery energy storage system for peak shaving. Finally, the resiliency of the site will be further supported with the addition of a KOHLER KG100 back-up gas-fueled generator. The site’s energy resources will be coordinated by a centralized microgrid controller. It is estimated the microgrid will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 192 tons per year