• Enel X has completed construction of an innovative microgrid that harnesses solar power and battery storage to support electric vehicle installation and charging at Global Partners LP’s Alltown Fresh® gas station in Ayer, Massachusetts.
  • The project is the first to be completed as part of InnovateMass’ Resilient Service Stations Challenge, which aims to ensure continuous power for gas stations near evacuation routes across the state.
  • The project is expected to be the first commercial deployment of a microgrid that integrates station power supply and DC fast charger co-located behind the same meter.
  • Alltown Fresh is a convenience marketplace that offers made-to-order healthy food options, Wi-Fi and workspaces, amenities that continue to make electric vehicle charging a seamless, comfortable and convenient experience for drivers to to electrify their transport.

BOSTON , May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Enel X, the advanced energy services arm of Enel Group, and Global Partners LP, one of the largest independent owners, suppliers and operators of energy stations and convenience stores in the North East, announced that Alltown Fresh® in Ayer, Massachusetts, now be more resilient in the event of a local power outage, thanks to an innovative microgrid.

The increasing frequency of extreme weather events highlights the need for much more sustainable and resilient energy.

The microgrid will offer on-site generated electricity to Alltown Fresh Ayer by integrating canopy solar panels, a battery storage unit and a portable generator connection, all designed, built, operated and financed by Enel X. To support EV drivers, Enel X has installed a universally compatible 50kW JuicePump, which can charge vehicles up to 80% battery capacity in 30-60 minutes.

“The increasing frequency and impact of extreme weather events highlights the need for much more sustainable and resilient energy, especially for critical infrastructure,” says Surya Panditi, Head of Enel X North America. “However, solar power combined with battery storage isn’t just useful in emergencies. The Alltown Fresh microgrid is attractive to EV drivers who want to power their vehicles with renewable energy. , and it is valuable for businesses to support the local grid by lowering overall demand and reducing emissions while reducing costs.”

The microgrid is the first project to be completed under InnovateMass’s Resilient Gas Station Challenge, which aims to ensure continuous power for gas stations near evacuation routes across the state.

Enel X has also partnered with National Grid under the EV Make Ready program to upgrade the grid to support electric vehicle charging, service station supply and interconnection of energy resources. distributed co-located behind the same meter. This is the first commercial deployment of its kind, demonstrating the effective use of utility incentives.

“National Grid is proud to support the first site to combine DCFC with solar panels and a battery storage system in Massachusetts,” says John Isberg, vice president of sales and customer solutions at National Grid. “Our partnership with Enel X will help National Grid prepare for increased demand for electric vehicle charging stations by utilizing innovative system design to mitigate the impacts of DCFC charging on the grid and maximize the benefits of increased adoption. electric vehicles. We are proud to support this initiative and look forward to future learnings from the launch of this project.”

Gas stations and convenience stores provide essential supplies, water, food, Wi-Fi and other services for the general public, first responders and utility crews in the event of an emergency . Yet these stations are subject to the same network power losses as other buildings. Like that of Alltown Fresh Ayer, microgrids can change that by providing backup power and resilience while increasing the adoption of clean energy and electric mobility solutions.

More than a gas station, Alltown Fresh Ayer, the microgrid location, offers fresh whole-bean coffee, Wi-Fi, and workspaces to hook up laptops. Plus, fresh food from a locally sourced scratch kitchen provides customers with an array of made-to-order offerings and fresh food choices. These conveniences make electric vehicle charging a pleasant and convenient experience, helping more drivers in their transition to electric mobility.

“As we explore the future of energy stations and convenience, we are focusing on three things: customer experience, resilience, and adoption of electric vehicle charging and other renewable fuels,” declared Mark Cosenza, Senior Vice President, Global Partners LP. “Every day, we fuel the human journey, whether with a fresh cup of coffee, house salad, fuel or a quick charge, and our commitment to this is only strengthened in an emergency. We We’re adding critical resilience to our operations through this microgrid, helping our customers already enjoy a healthier, more sustainable convenience station experience with EV charging powered by renewables. It’s truly a win-win situation. -win-win.

The Alltown Fresh Ayer microgrid integrates Enel X’s portfolio of distributed energy and e-mobility solutions, including an 87kW / 174kWh battery, 87kWp rooftop solar PV array and charging station. 50 kW DC fast charging, supported by Enel X distributed energy resources. (DER) Optimization software (DER.OS) and JuiceNet and JuicePass software for EV drivers. By integrating the system behind the same meter, on-site solar power will help charge electric vehicles (EVs). During a network failure, the installation’s critical loads can continue to be supplied.

Enel X’s innovative microgrid solution is modular and scalable for the growing number of fleets and businesses that are sustainably electrifying their infrastructure while saving on energy costs. Enel X offers a flexible financing solution pooling all microgrid assets to support businesses in their resilience efforts. The customer pays a flat rate for the solar power generated, receives a share of the financial benefits from the energy storage asset, and retains the EV charging revenue.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) launched the Resilient Gas Station Challenge to seek innovative solutions to deliver measurable energy resilience to gas stations while driving clean energy adoption across the state.

“MassCEC is dedicated to accelerating clean energy technologies, businesses and projects that support the vibrant and growing clean energy industry in the Commonwealth,” said Jennifer Daloisio, CEO of MassCEC. “We are delighted to support the Enel X microgrid project as it provides a clean, renewable solution to simultaneously reduce a gas station’s electricity costs and ensure its resilience during a power outage.”

Massachusetts is home to the North American headquarters of Enel North America, with offices in the Seaport area of ​​Boston and in Andover. This partnership with Global Partners LP is the latest demonstration of Enel’s increased commitment to the local clean energy economy and enables the New England business community to achieve its sustainability and decarbonization goals. . Over the past year, Enel announced several new partnerships with Massachusetts companies, including Kraft Group, HP Hood, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, University of Massachusetts Boston, Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority, Biogen Inc., and Merchants Fleet.

About Enel XEnel X is the Enel Group’s global business line offering services that accelerate innovation and drive the energy transition. In North America, Enel X has approximately 4,500 commercial customers, spread over more than 35,000 sites and representing approximately $10.5 billion in energy spend under management. Enel X North America has approximately 4.7 GW of demand response capacity, more than 140 operational and contracted battery storage projects, and more than 110,000 smart charging stations for electric vehicles. Enel X advises large energy users on energy supply, sustainability and risk management, and has completed 65,000 energy supply events, including 3,500 MW of long-term renewable energy contracts. The company’s intelligent DER optimization software is designed to analyze energy and utility bill data in real time, improve performance and manage distributed energy assets across a number of value streams and different applications. JuiceNet, Enel X’s smart electric vehicle charging platform, provides energy services to utilities, businesses, drivers and automakers.

About Global PartnersWith approximately 1,700 locations primarily in the Northeast, Global Partners is one of the region’s largest independent owners, suppliers and operators of gas stations and convenience stores. Global also owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks in New England and New York, through which it distributes gasoline, distillates, residual oils and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers. In addition, Global handles the transportation of petroleum products and renewable fuels by rail from the mid-continent of the Americas and Canada. Global, a master limited partnership, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “GLP”. For more information, visit www.globalp.com.

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Enel X, the commercial line of advanced energy services of the Enel group.  (PRNewsfoto/Enel X North America)

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