With the growing risks posed by climate change and wildfires, microgrids are gaining attention as a potential solution to keep power flowing during an emergency.
Microgrids are essentially miniature power systems consisting of energy storage and other equipment that can connect and disconnect from the main grid to maintain service to a defined group of customers, if an outage occurs on the larger grid.
About a decade ago, SDG&E successfully deployed the Borrego Springs Microgrid in a remote desert community to demonstrate the effectiveness of a microgrid in reducing extended power outages. More recently, we have proposed new microgrid projects throughout the region to provide backup power for critical public safety facilities, such as fire stations and emergency operations centers.
Check out the video below to learn more about microgrids and how they might be used in the future.