The government of Canada has announced a $2.9 million investment in a smart grid project in the town of Parry Sound, led by Bracebridge Generation and utility software engineering pioneer Opus One Solutions. 

The project aims to help the utility reduce system costs and improve the long-term flexibility and reliability of the grid by leveraging a set of grid intelligence tools that monitor and control locally connected renewable energy generation, storage and residential demand management resources.

Building on the utility’s net-zero community plan, Opus One Solutions is providing software intelligence that will give Bracebridge Generation full visibility and control of their network to help:

• increase solar and energy storage penetration in Parry Sound

• reduce constraints at the transmission station to improve reliability

• increase adoption of electric vehicles

• automate and integrate residential demand management via controllable hot water tanks, EV chargers, and battery storage

• increase system resiliency with a feeder-level microgrid

• defer unnecessary costly upgrades in poles and wires infrastructure

The funding announcement was made on July 23 by Parliamentary Secretary Paul Lefebvre, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. The investment comes from the smart grid program, which is part of the government of Canada’s more than $180 billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan.