Advantages for Environmental Sustainability, Reliability and Affordability
Tampa Electric is participating in a new BlockEnergy platform, which is a new utility-owned, residential microgrid product.
This four-year pilot program is in the Medley subdivision within the Southshore Bay master-planned community in south Hillsborough County. It consists of about 40 new Lennar homes, all powered by BlockEnergy, and it will serve as the first residential deployment of the residential platform in the United States.
BlockEnergy combines renewable energy with battery storage and local generation to create an energy system, called a microgrid. Each home in the pilot program will have utility-owned rooftop solar panels and a BlockBox, containing battery storage and distributed controls, which is about the same size as an air-conditioning unit. These are all owned by Tampa Electric. Each home's BlockBox will connect to a neighborhood-level loop system, which shares power with all the homes in the microgrid.
The benefits of the BlockEnergy pilot program are:
This technology has been tested elsewhere. The Kirtland Resiliency Project at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., has been operating since December 2019.
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