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Giant Battery, Solar Panels To Power Apartment & Retail Complex At Coconut Grove Metrorail Station

Giant Battery, Solar Panels To Power Apartment & Retail Complex At Coconut Grove Metrorail Station

A developer is planning to rebuild the Coconut Grove Metrorail station into a self-powered apartment and retail complex.

Grove Central will include a 330-unit apartment tower, along with retail space, parking and a bus station, according to the Herald. Total cost is expected to be $200 million.

Solar panels are planned to cover the buildings, producing two megawatts of power. Underneath, massive batteries that are the size of six shipping containers will store 20-megawatts per hour of electricity.

Air condition for the building would come from a geothermal system using cold water pumped from underground. Groundwater and rainwater will also be used to provide cooling mist and for landscape irrigation.

Enough power could be generated and stored to make the building self-powered, while also powering Metrorail as it departs the station, planners say. The solar array and battery is known as an urban microgrid, and is the first of its kind in Florida.

A waste-to-energy plant that would convert sewage into power, compost and water is also in negotiations.

The developers are awaiting final approval from county transportation officials, with completion expected in 2021. Five other Metrorail stations, as well as 10.7-acres of land next to Miami Central Station by the airport, are now in planning or negotiations for similar sustainable projects.

Terra Group and Grass River Property are the developers of Grove Central, with Touzet Studio the architect. The solar project is also a pilot program for Florida Power & Light.

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marc
marc

Good. Anything that gets rid of surface lots gets a thumbs up from me.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bravo.
Off grid and “green” (with full functionality of course)…is where things are going.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Someday.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is the kind of Project that gets everyone excited. Excellent!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Glad that the airport station is also planning apartments too, it has alot of lots located around that station.

marc
marc

Yeah lots of land surrounding the MIC just waiting.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Love it but when I heard FPL was involved I gotta wonder, what’s in it for them?

Anonymous
Anonymous

More experience in renewable energy and they already have a solar farm theyre hush hush about.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Waitaminute, you’re kidding right? You mean, after fighting tooth and nail against South Florida residents having solar power panels on the roofs of their houses, they have a “solar farm?” The nerve of those crooks….

A. Nonymous
A. Nonymous

They’re fine with solar energy as long as it runs through their meter to you.

anony
anony

too true!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Undoubtedly!

Anonymous
Anonymous

FPL has always been totally fine with THEM benefiting from solar power. Just not you or me. They (parent company actually, NextEra Energy) have many solar plants around the USA (even in places that aren’t close to Florida).

Anonymous
Anonymous

How dare you!!! We are bringing coal back!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Make coal great again?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Don’t troll for me Argentina

Anonymous
Anonymous

Don’t ask what your electric bill would be without coal power.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Considering only 5% of total power produced by FPL is from coal, I’m pretty sure our bills will be just fine without it

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wholesale elimination of coal plants will have a ripple effect. The grid is interconnected.

Anonymous
Anonymous

LOL, no it won’t. Coal is already getting WHOLESALE eliminated by gas plants all over the USA. Coal is done for as long as fracking makes gas cheap for hundreds of years. And cheap solar is just another nail in the coffin.

It’s true that the cost of storing that solar is kinda expensive, but who says it needs to be stored. Miami (and all the tropics around the world) have their electrical needs in line with solar power. That is, it’s needed in the middle of the day when it’s hot as hell, and not as much after the sun goes down. Also, IF NECESSARY, gas peaker plants can be shut down just about completely at high noon and started up when the sun goes down.

A. Nonymous
A. Nonymous

If the environmental damage of coal were included in the cost (carbon tax), coal would be uncompetitive with renewables.

Suomynona
Suomynona

It’s already uncompetitive. That’s why it’s dying.

But if they actually charged the “true” cost of coal to consumers, nobody would be able to afford it, yes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is the natural gas revolution that is eliminating coal plants. Many are being converted. That is great to a point. Intermittent wind and solar CANNOT provide baseline power at this point in history. Sorry, that is the reality.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol.. the “orange one” is going to be infuriated!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Great project.
I hope the same starts happening to the Vizcaya Station.
It seems to be abandoned

Anonymous
Anonymous

we need more sustainable buildings like this all over our metro rail and down town core

anony
anony

$200MM in cost is a lot of beans for only 300 apartments. Must be more elements to the project generating some income.

marc
marc

I think it’s a retail center as well.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I hope they aren’t referring to Beckham’s office park as the 10 acres near miami central station as the sustainable project, lol

marc
marc

Nah, there are a bunch of empty lots abutting the MIC.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re right marc, and I’ve always wondered why city and county has allowed those prime lots to sit there empty for decades when much needed low to moderate price apartment buildings is very much needed..

marc
marc

You are very correct. This area is very industrial and right next to a very noisy airport but well connected to mass transit. Other than the transit it’s an undesirable area to reside in thus allowing for more affordable real estate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Theres alot of surface lots next to the station, its about time to county allowed someone to develop on them. It could be a very transit oriented neighborhood that has a greyhound, metrorail and trirail station next to it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is great!!! Love it!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please do the Okeechobee station next!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The parking garage looks better than the ugly box tower. Please just be a massing model. We want curves, order, and/or ornamentation. Not cheap and nasty, un-Grove architecture!

Anonymous
Anonymous

“un-Grove architecture,” what’s that?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ugly modernist junk. Vernacular, Mission, and Mediterranean Revival under lush canopies is what made Coconut Grove great, not concrete box houses up to the street with no trees, and Arquitectonica-tier crap like the Playhouse office building and CocoWalk renovation. However, modernism done right is Park Grove.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Ugly modernist junk?”

If everything has to be “Mediterranean Revival” architect, then what would be there to distinguish us from someplace like say.. Colombia?

marc
marc

This is actually just outside of the Grove anyway so who cares.