What is Microgrid

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A microgrid can be defined as an independent power network that uses local, distributed energy resources to provide grid backup or off-grid power”. The “micro” part of the equation means simply that it is “smaller than the utility-scale grid.” It could be anything from a single building to an island, residential suburb or off grid communities. To be a microgrid, a system must generate electricity via a combination of fossil fuels (ESKOM) and renewable resources, including diesel generators, wind turbines, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, hydro, geothermal, etc. [Adapted from Microgridnews.com]


Distributed solutions, such as rooftop solar PV and microgrids, can serve as relatively attractive options for quickly scaling power supplies in underserved areas. [Independent Energy Agency, IEA]


Microgrids can increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions by incorporating renewable energy sources, and enhance system reliability and stability. [Wisconsin University, Energy Institute]

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