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Building Blocks of Community Microgrids

This explainer series by Sara Harari and Nate Grady shows how microgrids are being used to transform the electrical grid.

In this explainer, we’ll take a close look at the infrastructure of microgrids – more specifically, community microgrids. We will show how they can play an essential role in local resiliency while delivering system-wide benefits.
Microgrid illustration
Community microgrids can be initiated by a wide range of individuals or organizations. They include mayors and utilities. They also may include “anchor” off-takers like hospital management, development companies, or community organizations. But to succeed, they require that at least one person really take the lead and energize the project.
A microgrid connecting to the office of a champion decision maker