October Green Eggs – Solar Energy Microgrids
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Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center
20 Gilsland Farm Rd
$15 for members, $20 for non-members
Join us and the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for their second session of the Green Eggs series titled, “Climate Change and the Built Environment.” This month they will be exploring the concept of microgrids with GridSolar’s Steve Hinchman. He will be addressing the group on Smartgrid and the Boothbay microgrid pilot project.
The Boothbay Region of CMP’s electric grid is a peninsula that is served by a single transition line. The growth of summer electric load in this region is now close to the point of exceeding the line’s capacity. CMP has indicated that is will cost $18 million to upgrade this line to increase its capacity to handle the few hours in any year when it is at risk. As an alternative, the GridSolar Boothbay Pilot Project involves the development, operation and control of up to 2,000 kW of distributed generation, energy conservation and demand response located in the Boothbay Region, resulting in a net load reduction which would avoid the need to rebuild the transmission line.
About Steve Hinchman:
Steve Hinchman, Esq., Director of Financing at ReVision Energy, has more than forty years of legal and public policy experience, including 8 years of environmental reporting with Colorado’s High Country News, a tenure with the Southwestern Colorado Resource Advisory Council, six years with the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine and General Counsel of GridSolar, LLC. A 2003 Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, of the Vermont Law School, Mr. Hinchman is admitted to the bar in Maine, the U.S. District Court of Maine, and the First and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has participated in cases before the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Hinchman has also practiced before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, the Land Use Regulatory Commission, the Maine Ethics Commission, and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Utilities. At ReVision, Steven Hinchman will be utilize his legal and grant writing experience to secure financing solutions for solar energy projects throughout the Northeast.
For more information: http://www.maineusgbc.org/event/october-2014-solar-microgrids/