A microgrid consists of small, self-contained electric components that connect to the grid. These systems are very flexible. They can generate their own energy and send it directly to the grid. They can also operate independent of the grid to provide energy for businesses and communities.
Energy generated by microgrids use a variety of energy sources including natural gas and solar energy. Flexibility continues as energy generated by the microgrid can also be stored in batteries. This increases their ability to quickly respond to meet energy demand.How Microgrids Work
Looking for some extra reading about microgrids? Check out these resources:
- What Can a Microgrid Do? infographic from Cooperative.com
- NRECA Wins $1.9 Million Defense Dept. Contract to Develop Microgrid Planning Tool from the NRECA
- Are Microgrids the Wave of the Future? from the NRECA
- Microgrids with Energy Storage from Cooperative.com