"Microgrid" as a term has been around for decades. Its popularity seems to ebb and flow with how local generation costs compare with central utility costs energy costs; which only tells me there is something viable to the concept that just needs to be refined.
Microgrids are a current hot topic in the power generation industry. It feels like you cannot go more than a couple of days without seeing another article on microgrids. And no wonder – a recent Greentech Media report states that the US installed microgrid capacity is expected to grow 115% and reach 4.3GW over the next five years. Outside of the US there is a lot of talk around rural electrification in developing regions – bringing power to remote communities with combinations of clean solar and energy storage to power villages that currently have no power.
byDjohnston09-15-201611:24 AM - edited 09-15-201611:27 AM
For years, microgrids have been a solution for powering remote locations without easy access to a larger, more reliable power grid. A microgrid is a group of interconnected loads and distributed generation sources that act as a single controllable entity used to power locations such as mine sites, telecommunication towers, remote villages, resorts and small islands. While the microgrid concept is not new, more efficient technologies and the declining costs of renewable energy solutions make microgrids a more viable option for power generation today.