Veridian Residential Microgrid

This demonstration for Microgrid provisioning and management in addition to Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure was completed in 2016, it demonstrates GridOS® Microgrid Energy Management features and the integration of renewables. This was Canada’s first utility installation of Tesla Powerwall residential energy storage.

Veridian and Opus One are preparing for the next phase of this project and the deployment of residential microgrids involving homebuilders – managed and operated by Veridian’s 24/7 System Control Centre and controlled by Opus One’s GridOS® Microgrid Energy Management System.

Project goals:

  • To demonstrate the deployment, operation and value of residential microgrids and provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • To highlight and enhance the integration of renewables with microgrid operation into Ontario’s energy landscape and its end customers.
  • Develop a system that will allow all types of microgrids to be added to an integrated system to improve the quality of life for end customers
  • Demonstrate the true operation of a microgrid to provide demand management by minimizing the cost of electricity under time-of-use rates, etc.

Project Scope:

Deployment and demonstration of a Microgrid at the Veridian Headquarter comprising of:

  • 2 X 6.4 kWh Tesla Energy’s Powerwall battery storage
  • 10 kW solar generation
  • 4 X Level 2 electric vehicle chargers
  • 1 X Level 3 electric vehicle charger
  • Provision of a customer information display at the utility’s corporate headquarters in Ajax

Project outcomes and next steps:

The project was commissioned in December 2016 and provided Veridian with renewable energy and storage, along with daily and weekly information on generated solar and cost savings. Additional residential homes will be added to the network for the next phase of the project.