There are a lot of misunderstandings concerning microgrids. Any new technology can provide anxiety to an early adopter, especially in a government position. You may question yourself, is my investment worth it? Will the people I represent benefit from my decision? Installing microgrids is a lengthy process, so any government facility may have its doubts. However, microgrids are so beneficial in many ways, especially in the times of COVID-19 when permanent power is needed the most in crucial operations. We are seeing record-breaking low temperatures and winter storms this week in the south midwestern area. Many facilities in these areas were not prepared for this type of weather and rely on outdated sources of power. These areas are at much higher risk of losing power for an unknown length of time, which could be detrimental to hospitals and other healthcare centers. A brand new, prime technology microgrid could help to prevent this headache. Still not convinced? Here are a few common misconceptions about microgrid installation that might help to solidify your decision.
Microgrids are Too Costly to Build
A decade ago, this misconception was relatively true. The technology was cutting edge, but it wasn’t refined enough to be practically installed on an average budget. All microgrids at the time had to be carefully constructed and custom-built, which inflated the price. Also, power sources commonly used in microgrids such as solar and battery were also in their first development stages. This meant that not only were microgrids expensive to produce, but the power sources they relied on would also be expensive. Microgrid technology has advanced immensely in ten years due to the sophistication. The price of solar energy has dropped 70% from a decade ago, and battery cost has dropped 76% since 2012. The technology has now become so efficient that comprehensive microgrid solutions are now available from most microgrid providers. This means that whole departments are dedicated to the research and development of microgrids, reducing potential costs and making the whole process of the installation cheaper and simpler for the client.
There is No Proof that Microgrids are Efficient
Skepticism about any newer technology is normal, especially about those that are at a high investment cost. But think of it as a counter: there is no proof that microgrids AREN’T efficient. There are hundreds of case studies of individual microgrids that suggest that they are key to saving money lost due to power outages, and keeping everything consistent and operational. One case study is close to home in Montgomery County, MD. The county needed sustainable and imperishable power to its correctional facility and its public safety department’s headquarters, two crucial operations where power outages are not an option. Schneider Electric installed two microgrids for these facilities with no upfront costs, and soon the grids produced 11 million kilowatts per hour of renewable energy. The county saved about $4 million in capital expenditures by installing microgrids via a cutting-edge energy-as-a-service model.
SEBCSI is well versed and educated when it comes to microgrid installation. Feel free to contact us if your government facility is interested in getting started with an installation plan, and we will be there to help.
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