Microgrid powers new holiday lights display

Posted on Nov 27, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive
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The microgrid powering the Fox Cities Festival of Lights in Darboy.

When the new Fox Cities Festival of Lights opens on Friday, two-thirds of the light displays will be powered using renewable energy thanks to a partnership between Faith Technologies in Menasha, Excellerate Manufacturing and DCentraIQ.

The Fox Cities Festival of Lights is being held at Darboy Community Park and will feature more than 100,000 lights and more than 50 different handmade displays along the park’s half-mile walking trail. The event was organized and run entirely by volunteers led by founder Shaun Forslund.

One of the event’s sponsors, Faith Technologies brought in a microgrid to power lights in an area without electricity.

“We’ve brought in one of our easily deployable microgrids to power the lights in a more remote area of the park where it would be difficult to get standard electrical power,” said Steve Nieland, solutions architect for Faith Technologies. “The microgrid is made up of solar panels, plus a battery system, to get energy from the sun during the day and store it for use at night. To the best of our knowledge, this festival will be the first of its kind nationwide to be powered by a microgrid.”

The Fox Cities Festival of Lights will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights from Nov. 29 through Dec. 14, and nightly between Dec. 20-31. Admission is free, but donations are being accepted to support the event’s future growth.