National Grid Employs Trimark’s T1-S SCADA to Provide Portfolio-Wide Controls for Groundbreaking Eastern Massachusetts Test Bed
Folsom/Chatsworth/Sunnyvale, CA & Norfolk, VA – Trimark Associates, Inc. (Trimark) has been selected by Borrego Solar Systems Inc. to provide supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) for a test bed of 14 photovoltaic (PV) generation sites owned by National Grid. Trimark has just been awarded a SCADA contract for the latest two, each 1 megawatt (MW) generation resources to be co-located in Fall River, Massachusetts.
National Grid is pioneering solutions to mitigate grid issues related to distributed energy resources. It will apply Trimark’s experience, engineering services and industry-leading T1-S SCADA software to provide grid stability support. Trimark has developed a suite of advanced inverter controls (AIC) for its T1-S Power Plant Controller that will enable grid operators to manage point-of-interconnection (POI) power characteristics in real time. The T1-S Power Plant Controller will enable National Grid to autonomously respond to voltage or frequency deviations at the POI with the applicable AIC function. Through Trimark’s secured cloud-based T1-S Vantage™ HMI, National Grid can configure and schedule AIC functions from their operations center at any time based on its daily, real-time or seasonal conditions. These AIC controls include automatic voltage regulation, demand response, automatic generation control and power quality management (e.g. VARs, power factor, apparent power and frequency).
Trimark President and CEO Mark Morosky says, “Our contribution to the National Grid initiative exemplifies the innovative thinking and technical excellence for which we’re known. We’re proud to be a partner in the development of solutions that will benefit the solar industry, power utilities and individual communities.”
Trimark is currently deploying AIC at 12 other National Grid PV generation sites that range from 650 to 1000 kilowatt in generation capacity. Trimark was selected to be part of the trailblazing initiative due to its extensive experience and thorough technological understanding of metering, monitoring and controlling power production facilities.
National Grid Director of Customer Solutions Fouad Dagher says, “Trimark is providing us with unique solutions to the challenges we face when deploying new systems that are equipped with advanced inverter technology. As distributed generation penetration continues to increase in Massachusetts and nationally, the knowledge learned at these sites will provide valuable insight into how advanced inverter control affects the electric grid. Trimark is playing a key role in that effort.”
National Grid is the largest natural gas distributor in the Northeast. National Grid continues to transform its distribution networks to support cleaner and more resilient renewable energy options, such as PV, in line with regulatory initiatives within its territories. The company chose to host its PV test bed in Massachusetts, which has a goal to install 1600 MW of solar generation by 2020.
Borrego Solar developed the sites, and designed and built the installations for National Grid. The installations are being used to test advanced inverter controls to support grid stability in a real-world grid environment. This will produce results that will help advise the industry on the deployment of advanced technology and lead to additional and more reliable solar capacity in Massachusetts where some areas are electrically constrained.
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About Trimark Associates, Inc.
Trimark Associates, Inc. is a leading provider of measurement, SCADA, monitoring and communications solutions for critical infrastructure. Trimark also develops reliable, affordable revenue-grade metering, monitoring, reporting, and control solutions required for ISO compliance, accurate billing and settlements, and operational optimization. To learn more about Trimark, follow us on Twitter @trimarkassoc193, on LinkedIn, visit www.TrimarkAssoc.com or call (916) 357-5970.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). For more information, visit https://www.nationalgridus.com/Our-Company/.
About Borrego Solar Systems Inc.
Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems Inc. is one of the leading designers, developers, installers and O&M providers of commercial and utility photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems in the United States with more than 210 megawatts (MW) of installations in operation and nearly 100 MW currently under construction. Borrego Solar is a market leader nationally in addition to having the largest market share in Massachusetts and New York. With more than three decades of experience, Borrego Solar’s PV systems are efficient, reliable and cost-effective. The company’s mission is to solve the world’s energy problems by accelerating the adoption of renewable energy. Its people are committed to excellence in every aspect of solar design, construction and operation. For more information, visit www.borregosolar.com.