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New Jersey Transit last week announced a plan to advance the agency’s NJ Transitgrid project to construct an electrical microgrid capable of supplying reliable power during storms or when the centralized power grid is compromised.
NJ Transit's board approved up to $3 million in stipends to qualified project bidders, and committed to hiring a renewable energy consultant to assist in the project’s multistep design and feasibility process.
The stipend program is designed to encourage short-listed project proposers to make the most use of renewable, green energy options in their bid proposals, NJ Transit officials said in a press release.
Under the program, qualified proposers will submit a request for proposals (RFP) that will require a comprehensive technical and financial proposal to integrate renewable or other zero emissions energy technologies into the proposed microgrid’s central facility.
Each qualified team will be awarded a stipend valued at $1 million after completion of the RFP step, with the total anticipated value of the stipend program not exceeding $3 million.
The board also created an ad hoc three-member Energy and Sustainability Policy Committee to oversee NJ Transit’s efforts and ensure renewable energy technologies are incorporated into the $557 million power reliability project.
Later this month, NJ Transit will host a Microgrid Market Outreach event for potential bidders and bidding teams. The event will review the project’s renewables energy strategy, allowing time for potential bidders to form a renewables team and meet other requirements as the project proceeds.