UGE + Resiliency Innovations for a stronger economy (RISE)

Location: New York City, New York, USA

Installation Year: Project Ongoing

System Size: Estimate of 400 kW solar & 200 kWh storage

Portfolio Type: 16 solar microgrid systems

Portfolio Scope: UGE is designing and deploying 16 state-of-the-art microgrid systems for NYC businesses as part of a post-Hurricane Sandy energy resiliency program. UGE’s microgrids, utilizing next-generation lithium batteries and gas generators, will provide energy security in the event of another major grid outage.

UGE Partners with EDC to Help 16 Small Businesses in NYC on the Flood Zone Install Microgrid Systems for Energy Resiliency   

After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, small businesses in the area lost power, resulting in financial and electrical grid challenges. In response to the power outages following, New York City's Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) developed the RISE:NYC portfolio, which will strengthen the area's energy resiliency, reduce electricity costs, and mitigate disaster loss for small businesses. This program is being funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). NYCEDC awarded UGE in 2015 to receive funding to provide uninterrupted power to small businesses, even in the event of a utility service disruption.

UGE’s smart microgrid power systems store energy produced from renewable energy sources in next-generation lithium batteries, enabling critical power systems to function during utility service interruptions. Combined with a natural gas generator, these solutions guarantee that critical systems remain powered even if the grid fails. 

The 16 sites included in this portfolio are located in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Rockaways in Queens. All are located within special flood hazard areas, indicated by blue zones on the following flood map.