Delhi’s first urban microgrid inaugurated
India, Delhi: Delhi power minister Satyendar Jain inaugurated Delhi’s first urban microgrid project set up by power discom BSES on 10 September 2021.
Set up at a cost of around $7.5 M (Rs.5.5 crore), the microgrid is a grid-connected system consisting of 100 KWp solar PV and 466 kWh Lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). The installation was commissioned under the Indo-German Solar Partnership Project (IGSEP).
With the growing integration of renewable into conventional energy sources, microgrids will play a critical role in enabling the transition and increasing the reliability of the power supply.
Urban microgrid will significantly increase the reliability and flexibility of the distribution network. At the same time, consumers can avoid installing UPS systems / generators and receive green power. Solar power generated during the day will be fed to load and surpluses can be used to charge batteries. One of the greatest transformative benefits of a solar+ BESS urban microgrid applies to critical loads and establishments. It can operate in parallel and islanded mode, isolating operations from power disturbances or failures. Power outages for these loads can be prevented by an urban microgrid, a release said.
A spokesperson of BSES stated: “BSES is committed to energy efficiency, adoption of green and new technology and smart procurement initiatives that will result in optimised solutions for our consumers. Commissioning of this microgrid is a major development that has the potential to be a game-changer in the power distribution sector” added the spokesperson.
The project was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany, which has signed an agreement through GIZ India, with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.
Source: T&D India