Middletown Leisure Center Choose Microgrid, Entirely Designed by Clarke Energy

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  • The Middletown Recreation Center with its financial partner X-Caliber Rural Funding has selected Clarke Energy UNITED STATES Inc, a KOHLER company to provide a microgrid system solution developed by Clarke Energy for the recently upgraded recreation center in Conneticut
  • The facility will incorporate a 35 kW combined heat and power (CHP) unit, battery energy storage system, solar photovoltaic system and a gas-powered KOHLER standby generator
  • Clarke Energy is delivering its most complex microgrid yet as the company grows into a fully distributed energy solutions company.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Following the recent demolition and relocation of Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown Connecticut, the Middletown Leisure Center is being developed on the site to serve the local community. Thanks to a significant investment from the local council, the site will include a new leisure office, and there will be a refurbishment of the gymnasiums and swimming pools creating the department’s first dedicated building. The building will also be used as a heating and cooling center during extreme weather events. In the event of a power utility outage, the microgrid system will supply power to the building, allowing local residents to be comfortably supplied with resilient energy.

In line with the facility’s planning for the future of the community, sustainable and resilient energy for the recreation center is essential. Clarke Energy was chosen to supply the power supply solution for the building and to develop and deliver a turnkey microgrid for the site. This facility incorporates several different energy generation and storage technologies that will be integrated and optimized to provide parallel and backup power to the community center.

The community center’s baseload power source is one of Clarke Energy’s CHP units providing 35 kW of electricity and 204.1 kBTU/h of high-efficiency hot water. The CHP can provide cold start capability for the microgrid. Additionally, there will be a photovoltaic solar panel providing renewable electricity from the sun. Excess energy can be stored in a battery energy storage system to clip peaks. Finally, the site’s resilience will be enhanced by the addition of a KOHLER KG100 gas-powered backup generator. The site’s energy resources will be coordinated by a centralized micro-grid controller. The microgrid is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 192 tonnes per year

from Middletown Acting Director of the Department of Public Works, chris holden commented

“The city looks forward to the completion of improvements to this recreation center. We view sustainable and resilient energy as key to the longevity of these community facilities and are pleased to be supported by Symbiont Energy and Clarke Energy in this. company.

X-Grade Rural Capitals Jordan Blanchardco-founder and executive director said

“We were delighted to be able to provide long-term financing for this critical community infrastructure that will serve thousands of residents with clean energy. We are committed to providing excellent financing solutions that support local communities across our country and c is a perfect example of a successful execution of a project that will have an impact.”

Andy MalcolmCEO of Clarke Energy, UNITED STATES commented

“This facility will be the most complex microgrid provided to date by Clarke Energy and will incorporate numerous sustainable, low-carbon energy generation and storage technologies. We are delighted to have been selected by the Middletown Recreation Center to provide this resilient energy solution.

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About Clarke Energy

Clarke Energy, a KOHLER Company, is a leader in the engineering, design, installation and long-term maintenance of distributed energy solutions and gas engine power plants. Clarke Energy employs more than 1,300 people and has more than 7.4 GW of Jenbacher gas engines installed worldwide, including 1.4 GW from biogas, a renewable fuel.

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