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UGE Builds Energy-Resilient Microgrids for Communities in NYC Flood Zones

As the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, eight RISE:NYC microgrids developed in partnership with NYCEDC, HUD, and SimpliPhi will provide grid resiliency for small businesses

UGE has designed and deployed eight state-of-the-art microgrid systems for New York City communities as part of a post-Hurricane Sandy energy resiliency program. UGE’s microgrids, utilizing next-generation LFP batteries from SimpliPhi Power, Inc, natural gas generators, and rooftop solar installations, will provide energy security for residents and businesses in the event of another major grid outage.

The microgrids are part of the City’s RISE:NYC portfolio, developed in response to Sandy-related power outages through an innovative partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After Hurricane Sandy caused $19 billion in losses for small businesses and left more than 2.2 million people without electricity in October 2012, NYCEDC developed the RISE:NYC program, which aims to strengthen the area’s energy resiliency, reduce electricity costs, mitigate disaster loss, and prepare for climate change. NYCEDC awarded funding to UGE to provide uninterrupted power to small businesses and residents, even in the event of a utility service disruption.

“Hurricane Sandy gave New Yorkers a glimpse of the impact that climate change can have on businesses, residents, and our electric grid, and recent devastation from Hurricane Ida shows us that we all need to be prepared,” said UGE Managing Director Mateo Chaskel. “UGE is proud to be providing renewable energy microgrid systems that can provide off-grid clean power when the grid is put at risk by storms and uncertain climate.”

UGE’s smart microgrid power systems store energy produced from renewable energy sources in SimpliPhi’s next-generation fully integrated LFP Battery Systems, enabling critical backup power to function during utility service interruptions. Combined with a natural gas generator, these solutions ensure that critical systems remain powered even if the grid fails.

Small businesses and building owners like RISE:NYC beneficiary Joe Tirone were devastated by Hurricane Sandy’s floods and power outages. The UGE microgrids will safeguard these individuals and businesses from potentially devastating storms in the future.

“Sandy was a wake-up call. This microgrid will ensure that my building won’t suffer similar impacts in the future,” said Tirone, a real estate professional in Staten Island. “Floods and power outages threaten our livelihoods, our homes, and our safety. It’s time for us all to start innovating, and RISE:NYC is a wonderful resource.”

“Our partnership with UGE has enabled the deployment of next-generation, back-up power systems that will help New Yorkers brace for future Hurricane Sandy-like events,” said Chris Keast, SimpliPhi Power Sales Application Engineer. “These projects are a great step forward in the shift to decentralized renewable energy, leading the way in providing resilience to communities vulnerable to climate change.”

“Hurricane Sandy was devastating and caused disastrous power outages in New York City. And today we are stronger because of RISE:NYC, a program implementing a variety of innovative solutions to support small businesses in the face of climate change and future storms,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb. “We thank UGE for their work in creating a safer, stronger, and more resilient place for all New Yorkers.”

The eight sites included in the portfolio are in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Rockaways in Queens.

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About UGE
UGE develops, owns, and operates commercial and community solar projects in the US and strategic markets abroad. Our distributed energy solutions deliver cheaper, cleaner energy to businesses and consumers with no upfront cost. With over 500MW of global experience, we work daily to power a more sustainable world. Visit us at For more information, contact UGE at: +1 917 720 5685, [email protected].

About SimpliPhi Power
With a mission to create universal access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy, SimpliPhi Power designs and manufactures efficient, non-toxic, and enduring energy storage and management systems that utilize environmentally benign lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry. Based in Oxnard, California, SimpliPhi combines the non-hazardous LFP energy storage chemistry with its proprietary cell and battery architecture, power electronics, Battery Management System (BMS) and manufacturing processes to create safe, reliable, durable, and highly scalable on-demand power solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and government sectors.
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