Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Program (MVP), Shirley is studying the feasibility of creating a microgrid with renewable energy for the municipal complex on Keady Way (comprising the Town Offices, Hazen Memorial Library, and the Shirley Police Station). This study is being conducted at no cost to taxpayers.
The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Shirley received a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant to conduct the microgrid feasibility study.
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The final report of the feasibility study, which is being conducted by Fuss & O'Neill, is anticipated to be complete by May 2021.
What is a microgrid?
A microgrid is a self-sufficient energy system that serves a discrete geographic footprint, such as a college campus, building complex, business center, or neighborhood. Within microgrids are one or more kinds of distributed energy (solar panels, wind turbines, combined heat and power, generators) that produce its power. In addition, many newer microgrids contain energy storage, typically from batteries.