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Microgrids

Two of the largest costs associated in electricity grids are the poles and wires required for distribution. Some electricity networks, set up with extensive capital expense, do boast high reliability, however, centralised power is slow to act and needs to run a “baseline” load at all times (24/7) meaning high running cost, which either needs to be absorbed by the operator or sold to consumers.

In a microgrid, community power needs are met by local generation. No need for long extensive electricity poles and cables. The environmental attraction of these is that they can be ‘off the grid’ and largely run on renewable energy. However, from an engineering perspective, microgrids can also have lower energy transmission losses because the electricity is consumed in closer proximity to where it’s generated.

Apart from inconvenience, power outages can be dangerous. However, by having smaller independent microgrids rather than a central grid. In certain emergencies when a central grid is likely to fail, microgrids are less susceptible to failure and in the event one microgrid is down, the rest still work independently and serve as a refuge in case of emergencies. The independence from a main grid helps communities, businesses, and nations to become more energy secure.

Resilience is among the benefits of microgrids as it can supply power efficiently and quickly when it is needed, ramping up and ramping down when required as it uses renewable energy. Renewable energy used for microgrids i.e. solar help the community to cut its carbon emissions and produce clean, green and quiet electricity.

Contact us on 1800 VENERGY or alternatively, use our contact form to learn more about the benefits of microgrids.

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Mighty microgrids - aerial view above a large solar farm for renewable energy supply in Australia

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