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GridSTAR Announcements

Dynapower Deisgns Power Supplies for Solar Project in Vermont

Dynapower Company in support of Green Mountain Power (GMP), Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and GroSolar have collaborated and launched a first-of-its-kind solar project in Rutland, VT. The Stafford Hill Solar Farm was designed to increase resiliency and improve safety during storms...Read More




Comeback Kids Win DOE's Collegiate Wind Competition

May 2014 - This past May, ten collegiate teams from across the country descended upon Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete in the Energy Department’s inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. Designed to tap the ingenuity of young engineers, business majors, and social scientists to help advance the nation’s wind industry, each unique team was comprised of students with diverse backgrounds who were challenged to build a transportable wind turbine that could power a small electronic device like a cell phone or laptop... Read More



Forecasting Approach Aimed at Improving

Revenue, Making Solar More Grid-Friendly

March 2014 Penn State's GridSTAR Center and multiple industry partners will be exploring and demonstrating an innovative and collaborative approach to improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. By using weather data and images of the sky to "train" a control system to operate solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems, the variability of a solar systems output will be "smoothed" ... Read More



Penn State hosts Energy & Sustainability Day at The Navy Yard

March 2014 - On Wednesday March 19, Penn State held Energy and Sustainability Day at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, as past of the Schreyer Honors College Shaping the Future Summit. Over fifty students and faculty from a variety of educational backgrounds were welcomed from Penn State's University Park, Abington and Berks campuses ... Read More



GridSTAR Partners with the Philadelphia Solar

Schools Initiative (PSSI)

January 2014 - The GridSTAR Center is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with Solar States and the Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative. As part of a program to teach students about the benefits of solar energy, the GridSTAR Center will host groups from local school districts and YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School to visit the hands-on solar energy education center ... Read More


A Destination for Energy Focused Regional Events

November 2013 - The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center is set to become a regional destination for energy focused events, conferences and trade associations.  As a vendor and organization agnostic facility, our site is open to a wide array of industry members across various sectors. It has hosted tours the Academic Facilities Council ... Read More


Solar Grid Storage Battery TourGrid Energy Storage System Deployed in

The Navy Yard

October 2013 - In partnership with Solar Grid Storage and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), GridSTAR Center has deployed a commercial scale grid-interactive battery which will function to improve the quality and reliability of the electric grid.  David Riley, a faculty member from Penn State and the chief investigator on the GridSTAR project stated ... Read More


Micro-Grid Collaboration on Portable Community Energy Project

The GridSTAR leadership team has attracted investors into a community scale solar energy demonstration project.  Along with our partners, we have recognized the challenge that many building owners who are interested in renewable energy lack the space for solar collectors on their roof or property.  The capital costs and time ... Read More


ImageAdvanced EV Charging Infrastructure in

Partnership with Eaton Corportation

With Electric Vehicle (EV) sales climbing rapidly, auto manufacturers are competing to respond to consumer demand.   The availability of charging stations is an important consideration in an EV purchase.  As these stations are added to the electrical grid, they can create new patterns of electrical loads that can strain or damage our current infrastructure ... Read More


Utility Scale Training Hub for Unirac

With the completion of the GridSTAR Experience Center, industry partners such as Unirac, a Hilti Group Company, will have the opportunity to utilize the facility for education training and workforce development.  Our facility offers four types of utility scale racking methods as means of evaluating prefabrication and pre-assembly techniques ... Read More


Education & Workforce Development Partnerships with


The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center was inspired by the individuals who will design and build our future energy systems.  We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with them through our education and workforce development initiative.  At the GridSTAR facility Open House David Riley, the principal investigator on the project, stated ... Read More 


Modular Home ConstructionNet-Zero Energy Modular Home Collaboration

Through partnerships and support from over ten corporations and twenty Pennsylvania businesses the Net-Zero Energy Modular Home has become a model of industry collaboration.  Product and technology vendors were partnered with a regional modular home builder to construct the seven modules of GridSTAR Center in a factory in Scranton, PA ... Read More 



U.S. DOE Solar Instructor Training Network Penn State Sustainability Institute U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association