Quantum Biopower installs solar panels at AD facility

Waste Today || August 3, 2018


The solar panel installation represents two of the three parts necessary to create a microgrid.

Quantum Biopower, the Connecticut-based anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, in partnership with Commercial Solar Works (CSW), Hartford, Connecticut, has announced the completion of a solar rooftop installation on Quantum’s Southington facility. This installation reduces electricity demand and increases savings for the food waste-to-electricity plant by adding a second source of renewable energy.

The Southington solar installation will produce 101,020 kilowatt-hours of energy each year and is expected to eliminate 75.2 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the equivalent of burning 82,255 pounds of coal. It consists of 280 solar modules spanning 6,250 square feet on the digester’s rooftop.

This installation is an important step forward in renewable energy generation because it brings together two different forms, solar and biopower, on a single site, Quantum Biopower says. “In the renewable energy world, this represents two of the three parts necessary to create a microgrid,” Brian Paganini, vice president and managing director, Quantum Biopower, says.

A microgrid is an energy system consisting of multiple energy sources and capable of operating in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid. “The combination of diverse renewables at Quantum, when used in conjunction with battery storage, helps produce and store power for use in the event of outage emergencies in our community,” Paganini says.

“CSW is excited about working with Quantum BioPower to help achieve its sustainability and business goals,” Allen Sabins, managing partner at CSW, says. “We’re working hard to enable local businesses, like Quantum, to customize their solar solutions and bring them to fruition.”