Microgrid 2020 Villanova University Microgrid Tour

Join Microgrid Knowledge for a trip to Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., to tour a microgrid that demostrates how to achieve superior project economics, while meeting resiliency and environmental goals. The tour is limited to the first 50 registered attendees.

campus-microgridDuring the winter of 2014, an ice storm knocked out power region-wide, forcing the campus to shut down for three days. The university had to provide accommodations for the 600 students that could not travel home. Not only was this a major disruption for staff and students, but it also proved expensive for the university. To mitigate future long-term outages, Villanova’s facility staff sought solutions to self-generate power on campus. The university wanted to increase campus resiliency, reduce utility costs and lower the campus’s carbon footprint, all on a very tight budget with little capital to spare.

Villanova achieved its goals by contracting for a microgrid under a power purchase agreement that offered shared savings.

Designed to operate during normal and emergency conditions, the onsite generators increase campus resiliency, reduce electrical demand and, in turn, reduce the transmission and capacity charges levied by the electric utility. In addition, the project provides Villanova with the ability to purchase electricity and natural gas at a lower cost.

The project includes 6 MW of onsite generation located adjacent to the existing campus’ medium voltage substation and steam plant. The plant configuration includes reciprocating internal combustion engine generators fueled by natural gas. The three units operate in parallel with the utility grid and have the capability of providing standby power during future utility failure events.  A portion of the generation assets are dispatched during high electrical demand conditions, while a combined heat and power (CHP) unit operates continuously to provide both electricity and steam to the campus.

Villanova University Microgrid Tour on Thursday, June 4, 2020

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