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California Microgrids resounding success, if a little labor-intensive

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has announced that its seven microgrid demonstration projects are providing promising results, four years after funding the tests. The next phase for the microgrid technologies will be finding receptive customers that are interesting in their implementation, and with figures like these, that process shouldn’t be too difficult. Microgrids are essentially a localized energy grid, far smaller in scale than a national electricity grid. They are intended to serve a building or campus, and are particularly interested in resiliency, with most having an uptime angle to them that is usually constituted by battery storage. Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) like rooftop solar are often integral, and the goal for many is to create an ‘islanded’ microgrid that…

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