2015-4-13 : Oak Bay Microgrid

Oak Bay Microgrid is currently developing a community microgrid in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel neighborhood of Oak Bay. Community microgrids are a new approach for grid operations that achieve a sustainable, secure, and cost-effective energy system by providing long-term, locally generated power security prioritized for the community. Microgrids, have ability to separate from the larger electric grid during extreme weather events or other emergencies, providing the backbone for resilient, sustainable and more efficient energy production of the future.

The goals of the Oak Bay Microgrid projects:

  • Increase the amount of clean, renewable energy generated in the community by members of the community
  • Develop a connected network of distributed energy resources which will improve electrical grid resiliency and efficiency
  • Manage these distributed energy resources in times of power outages and emergencies to protect the community and local economy
  • Create financial incentives and business models that encourage community investment in their energy future, creating energy and jobs that boost the local economy

(This project is modeled upon the Brooklyn Microgrid Project)

Tyler :  FYI Grand total to BC Hydro each year

  • Common Areas : $37,500
  • 36 Units : $20,000 per year ($50 per month per unit) – COULD BE DOUBLE REALITY
  • Total Bill to BC Hydo per year = $60,000 per year (MaX)
  • Can the system measure the usage per unit, so people living abroad don’t feel they are carrying too much cost.
  • Perhaps we should split the financing bill between common area and units, and by unit according to usage. It would be nice to get an immediate reduction in each owners monthly bill (compared to old costs which was
  1. To BC Hydro by owner
  2. To council as percentage of the common area yearly cost

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