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Smart grid technologies include advanced sensors that allow operators to assess grid stability, digital meters that provide consumers with usage information and automatically report outages, relays that sense and recover from grid faults automatically, automated feeder switches that re-route power around problem areas, and batteries that store excess energy, making it available to the grid to meet customer demand.  

Willdan's team was competitively selected as part of the State of New York's innovative $40 million Prize program to perform microgrid feasibility assessments for nine communities in New York, most of which are nearing completion. Since 2008, our staff were key in the feasibility, design, management, and M&V of the smarter, more sustainable power grid at the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago—a world-class $14 million project called IIT Perfect Power.

Willdan’s team has the expertise to address the most challenging issues facing the utility industry over the next decade in an open and collaborative manner. Leveraging the unique capabilities of academia, utilities, and private enterprise, Willdan determines the best ways to deploy and support advanced smart grid technologies in an effort to manage the growing number of renewable, energy storage, and microgrid systems in a secure and reliable environment. 

Contact: Mehdi Ganji, 415.722.0132   or   Patrick Burgess, 847.334.2742

Microgrid-Related Practices

Microgrid Feasibility and Planning Studies

The Advanced Grid Technology (AGT) team performs microgrid feasibility studies to identify microgrid capabilities, develop technical design cost and configuration, and conduct microgrid cost and benefit analyses to determine commercial and financial feasibility.

Microgrid Design

The microgrid design team develops and applies state-of-art microgrid grid technologies to resolve the most important challenges operators or customers may encounter.

Microgrid Operation and Analysis

The team has experience in applying a high-reliability distribution system for enhancing reliability, new sustainable energy sources (roof-top solar panels, wind-generation units, flow batteries and charging stations for electric vehicles), and smart building automation technology (building controllers, Zigbee sensors, controllable loads) for energy efficiency and demand response.