ComEd partners to power Bronzeville microgrid


US utility ComEd is partnering with Dearborn Homes to implement a solar project which will support the utility’s Bronzeville Community microgrid.

Construction of ComEd’s microgrid began in June 2018, will be completed in 2020 and directly serve more than 1,000 households and businesses.

ComEd and Dearborn Homes will also partner with the Chicago Housing and VLV Development to co-finance the solar project.

ComEd is using $4 million grant secured from the US Department of Energy to pilot an integrated solar and battery energy storage system.

The solar plant at Dearborn Homes will generate 750KW and will help power the property’s 17 buildings, including 660 residential units.

The partnership with ComEd is part of the utility’s Community of the Future initiative, in which the energy provider partners with residents to identify needs and opportunities to leverage smart grid technology and related services.

The aim is to ensure the reliability of the main grid and to reduce carbon emissions and consumer energy bills by providing them with clean energy.

“This project illustrates how communities, government and local businesses can come together to transform properties with clean energy solutions that achieve multiple goals,” said Terence R. Donnelly, president and chief operating officer, ComEd. “This is the model for the future, and we’re partnering with VLV to bring the benefits of solar energy to our customers living in Dearborn Homes, the CHA and the Bronzeville community.”

Van Vincent, CEO of VLV Development, said solar power is gaining traction in Illinois.