The Beethoven Elementary School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood is delighted with the installation of off-grid luminaires on its campus. The miniature power plant, which is connected to the 30-foot Remote Power Units (RPUs), runs independently of the power grid and draws energy from wind turbines, solar cells and battery storage units. A special wind turbine ensures a higher air flow in the wings. Excess energy is fed into a battery and can be stored there for up to 5 days.
The RPUs were manufactured by ARIS Renewable Energy, installed by the energy company ComEd and officially inaugurated on Friday at a ceremony.
"We thank ComEd for enhancing the safety of our campus with leading edge renewable energy-powered lighting," said Brown. "Our science teachers will enjoy using the lights and the data collected from the solar and wind production and battery charging to design class lessons related to environmental science and sustainability.", said Mellodie Brow, Elementary School Principal.
The Dunbar Vocational High School in Bronzeville was also equipped with the off-grid lights. The off-grid luminaires are the latest pilot projects of the ComEd initiative Community of the Future, which aims to use smart grid technology to become more networked, environmentally friendly and resilient, while developing the interests and skills among students at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Source: ComEd | comed.com
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