Successfully launching and operating a remote microgrid requires planning and foresight, and for those that haven’t done it before, the task can seem daunting. But there are a number of best practices that experienced microgrid installers and operators have learned over the years — sometimes the hard way.
It’s important to understand that the challenges along the way may not be the ones that were expected. There may be issues with regulators, technology, getting community buy-in, and, in the case of a remote microgrid, there may be issues getting materials to the site.
Understanding the types of challenges that may be encountered will help new microgrid customers avoid some of the common pitfalls, which ultimately will save the project time and money.
If you’re a potential microgrid customer, who better to learn from than the people who’ve done it before?
Microgrid Knowledge will host a live webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. EST, exploring the challenges of and keys to developing a successful remote microgrid. Click here to register.
Microgrid Knowledge’s “Remote Microgrid Best Practices” webinar will feature interviews with members of the teams behind remote microgrids in Alaska, Australia and the Bahamas. Darron Scott, president and CEO of Kodiak Electric, will talk about his journey to build a remote and unusual microgrid in Alaska that includes flywheel and hydroelectric technology. Lee Ucich, DER technologies manager for Horizon Power, will share his experiences with microgrids in Australian communities that lack grid connections. Finally, Justin Cunningham, General Manager of Compass Power, will discuss the challenges and learnings from a soon-to-be-launched off-grid microgrid at the Chub Cay Marina in the storm-battered Bahamas.
The one-hour webinar will examine:
- What it takes to have a successful remote microgrid project.
- The key challenges that need to be overcome.
- How to go about building a microgrid project.