A project funded by a Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce is bringing higher power reliability to a Seattle community by keeping a microgrid facility energized during a power outage.

The Miller Community Center microgrid project helps to meet the city’s goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through solar energy and enhances the resiliency of Seattle’s electricity grid.

The project includes the installation of 132 solar panels on the Miller Community Center’s roof, which send energy to a battery storage system. This system provides backup power storage for the community center during emergency events, such as a windstorm or unplanned power outage.

When the electric grid is down, the microgrid generates and supplies power to the community center to keep the center’s services and communications operational. Other energy conservation measures included in the project were improved LED lighting, sensors, and an energy-efficient boiler.

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