Building a Microgrid; Japanese firms partner with labs, PNM, Mesa del Sol on project

A collaborative U.S.-Japanese project that will use the Aperture Center at Mesa del Sol as the centerpiece for a smart grid technology demonstration is on track to go on line by mid 2012.

Announced in June 2010, the project is being carried out by NEDO, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, a quasi-government agency from Japan, along with the state, Mesa del Sol, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Sandia and Los Alamos national labs and Los Alamos County.

The 79,000 -square-foot Aperture Center, where Mesa del Sol and Sandia labs have offices, will be the test site for a commercial microgrid.

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