Pika Energy to enable Vermont’s first “ePark”
Rutland, VT and Westbrook, ME – September 10, 2015 – Green Mountain Power has selected Pika Energy to provide the design, planning and expertise required to transform Emerald Lake State Park into Vermont’s first “ePark.” Emerald Lake will be fully powered by the sun, with Tesla Powerwall batteries providing onsite backup power.
The on-site system integrates renewable generation, energy storage, loads, and the utility grid. Power is distributed to the park’s loads and, when necessary, to the grid. Ultimately, the Emerald Lake system will operate completely independently from the grid as the legacy utility lines are phased out.
The Emerald Lake ePark, to be installed next spring, will demonstrate the benefits of connecting solar power generation with Tesla Powerwall batteries. The system will significantly reduce costs and provide a more reliable energy infrastructure for the park, providing a model for other parks, homes, businesses and municipal sites.
“We’re excited to provide a smart, clean power solution to the Emerald Lake State Park,” said Ben Polito, President and Co-Founder of Pika Energy. “GMP’s ePark program is a perfect example of the many benefits of renewable energy systems over energy derived from fossil fuel sources.”
Emerald Lake State Park currently experiences power outages due to fallen trees and transmission lines running through difficult terrain, hindering repairs and maintenance. GMP officials say the system will cost 20% less than rebuilding the utility lines and save up to $8,000 annually in maintenance. GMP sees Pika Energy’s products as a solution to the “last mile” problem of delivering grid services to customers whose location and landscape make traditional utility lines difficult.
GMP’s partnership with Pika Energy expands on the utility’s recently-announced partnership with Tesla. GMP ordered approximately 500 Powerwall batteries, to be delivered this fall, to support GMP’s ongoing efforts to reduce fossil fuel reliance and bring more clean power to Vermont homes and businesses.
“I’m thrilled that we can cost-effectively provide incredibly reliable, renewable power to one of Vermont’s state parks by taking it off the grid,” said Mary Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power. “Emerald Lake State Park is a great example to Vermonters, and the thousands of visitors to the park each year, of what our energy future will look like. This project will show how we can provide cost-effective power that is clean and highly reliable, while being generated closer to home.”
About Pika Energy
Pika Energy, Inc. is a Westbrook, Maine-based manufacturer of direct current (DC) power electronics, including the Pika Energy Island™ system. All Pika Energy products are powered by the REbus™ DC nanogrid. Pika Energy’s products provide grid-optional clean power that enables buildings to collect, store and self-consume energy from solar. Learn more at www.pika-energy.com.
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