Sunverge selected for proposed virtual power plant in corner of Cecil County

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Sunverge has been selected by Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, for a proposed battery-powered behind-the-meter virtual power plant (VPP) project on the Elk Neck peninsula in Cecil County.

Sunverge was selected from five vendors in the competitive bid process for the Elk Neck project, which will still require regulatory approval.

“We are honored and excited to be selected for this project and to have the opportunity to work with Delmarva Power to demonstrate the value of residential battery systems for the residents at Elk Neck and to the electric grid,” said Martin Milani, CEO of Sunverge. “We are confident that Sunverge’s advanced DER Control and aggregation solution will demonstrate the value of aggregating residential behind-the meter systems for the Maryland electricity grid and participating residential customers. It will provide autonomous and aggregated energy storage, with the goal of providing additional grid reliability and resiliency benefitting Delmarva Power’s entire service area.”

(See document below for a description of the project).

Click to access Exelon-PHI_BGE_MD_EnergyStorage_FactSheet_FINAL.pdf

The pilot project will provide backup power during outages to homes located on a peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay. These homes are located in a heavily forested area and served by a four-mile-long overhead and underground distribution feeder. Because of this isolation, these customers are vulnerable to grid outages.

Areas with similar challenges exist within Exelon’s footprint. In Maryland two other projects from its BG&E and Pepco utilities, which serve the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas.

In Delaware, the City of Lewes’ electric utility worked with a private vendor on a battery project, which ended up falling through. The coastal Sussex County community is located at the end of a power line system and can be vulnerable to outages.

The Elk Neck project is projected to create $2 million in value over a 15-year period. The proposal is currently under review by the Maryland Public Service Commission and subject to its approval.

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