September 2015 – Horizon Power Systems announced today that its customer Oncor — the largest regulated electricity delivery firm in Texas and sixth largest in the U.S — was awarded the 2015 Smart Grid Award by POWER magazine for their System Operating Services Facility (SOSF) in Lancaster, Texas.
Built in-part as a demonstration facility to introduce Oncor’s customers to the microgrid domain, the SOSF system is a state-of-the-art microgrid that integrates existing emergency generation with new solar, battery, and microturbine resources. The grid includes a Capstone C65 Microturbine that runs primarily on propane used to ensure the site’s continued operation during power outages.
The project was recognized for its incorporation of several renewable and conventional generation sources, energy storage, and advanced controls into a fast-responding, redundant, multi-layered system. “We’re looking for projects that move the whole industry forward in some way,” said Gail Reitenbach, PhD, editor of POWER. “As a magazine for the power generation sector, we’re especially interested in ways that smart grid technology and projects touch the generation piece of the grid.”
“Including the Capstone microturbine in this ground-breaking microgrid gave Oncor the ability to improve the power reliability and help manage costs,” said Sam Henry, President of Horizon Power Systems. “This SOSF exemplifies how innovation can redefine energy transmission and distribution. Horizon Power Systems is proud Oncor chose a clean-and-green Capstone microturbine as the system’s only new combustion technology.”
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