Rate payers, businesses, and residents served by utilities are demanding clean and sustainable power that is localized, distributed, and clean for their communities. Municipalities and public utilities own under-utilized land including closed landfills and brownfields. Developing these sites for solar power creates multiple benefits: clean and renewable energy, local support, competitively-priced power, and economic development.
In many respects, microgrids are smaller versions of the traditional power grid. Like current electrical grids, they consist of power generation, distribution, and controls such as voltage regulation and switch gears. However, microgrids differ from traditional electrical grids by providing a closer proximity between power generation and power use, resulting in efficiency increases and transmission reductions. Microgrids also integrate with renewable energy sources such as solar, wind power, small hydro, geothermal, waste-to-energy, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
Microgrids perform dynamic control over energy sources, enabling autonomous and automatic self-healing operations. During normal or peak usage, or at times of the primary power grid failure, a microgrid can operate independently of the larger grid and isolate it’s generation nodes and power loads from disturbance without affecting the larger grid's integrity. Microgrids interoperate with existing power systems, information systems, and network infrastructure, and are capable of feeding power back to the larger grid during times of grid failure or power outages.
Provides power quality, reliability, and security for end users and operators of the grid
Enhances the integration of distributed and renewable energy sources
Cost competitive and efficient
Enables smart grid technology integration
Locally controlled power quality
Minimize carbon footprint and green house gas emissions by maximizing clean local energy generation
Increased customer (end-use) participation