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DCO Energy, Montclair State team up on 'micro grid' project

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Mays Landing-based DCO Energy and Montclair State University announced Tuesday that they are expanding their partnership to create an energy “micro grid” on the college campus.

The two said in a news release that, when the project is completed, Montclair State will be one of only a few educational institutions in the state to have a fully integrated, localized energy grid with independent control capabilities, including the ability to disconnect from the traditional grid in the event of an outage, and for the system to operate autonomously.

“The creation of the micro grid leverages the university’s (combined heating, cooling and power) facility with additional generation and smart grid technology to provide a robust and reliable utility infrastructure that will serve the more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff of the university,” Shawn Connolly, Montclair State’s vice president of university facilities, said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to expand our already-successful relationship with DCO Energy, and we look forward to utilizing this latest advancement in building Montclair State’s infrastructure.”

The latest project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter, the release said.

“We are so proud of our partnership with Montclair State University,” Frank DiCola, DCO’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Micro grids are a tremendous benefit for educational facilities, and the university should be commended for being an early adopter of this powerful technology.”

DCO had previously developed the CHCP system for the campus that went into service in 2012.

“Much like the CHCP project, the university will not need to contribute any construction funding for the new micro grid facility,” Michael Jingoli, DCO’s chief financial officer, added in a statement.

DCO is an independent energy development company.

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