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Microgrids: A $1 Billion biz by 2020

Microgrids Set to Become a One Billion Dollar Business in the U.S.A. by 2020

Microgrids: Schematic Of A Microgrid with Utility Interconnection – Source: Microgrid Institute
Microgrids: Schematic Of A Microgrid with Utility Interconnection. Image courtesy of Microgrid Institute / Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative

One elegant solution to provide reliable and low-cost electricity to commercial buildings, campuses, and communities, is via the use of microgrids which employ some amount of renewable energy in their power generation.

Microgrids can either be connected to the regional electrical grid, or they can operate in ‘island mode’ as a standalone power generator.

Smart microgrids are connected to the regional electrical grid but can operate independently, serving up electricity from the cheapest source on a minute-by-minute basis.

Due to rapidly advancing technologies, smart microgrids can now offer cost-effective, reliable electricity 24/7/365 by combining the strengths of the regional power grid with the strengths of the microgrid, for unlimited, reliable, clean power.

Microgrid spokespersons report that microgrids in the United States are set to become a one billion dollar business by 2020.

Corporations related to that burgeoning industry are now forming-up to efficiently handle the expected microgrid demand.


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Our energy comes from many sources, including coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables.

As nonrenewable sources such as coal diminish due to market forces and consumer preference, the need for renewable energy sources grows.

Some U.S. states satisfy their growing renewable energy needs with wind, solar and hydropower.

Wind: Texas has the capacity to generate 18,500 megawatts hours of electricity through wind, and expects to add another 5,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity from facilities under construction.

Solar: California’s solar farms and small-scale solar power systems have 14,000 megawatts of solar power generating capacity.

Hydroelectric: Washington state hydroelectric power produces two-thirds of its net electricity.

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