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1,500-kW range. Additionally, Tested Validated Documented Architectures (TVDA)
solutions have become more reliable and
easier to execute. This democratization of
microgrids minimizes the cost of one-time
engineering and bucket applications for
vendors, thus increasing DER options.
Alternatively, the increase in microgrid deployments has made possible more
experimentation with DER. End users have
the option to deploy fleets of grids around
a single campus that work collectively to
source power, or smaller sites can combine
resources to support a common grid.
Microgrids can also be a fit for facilities hoping to unlock automation for cost
savings. Utility-grade microgrids can skirt
upfront costs by opting for a manual component rather than automating all switches,
or operations can consider the MaaS model
to support upfront costs.
While existing microgrids might also be
operated manually because the DER are
being added over time, advanced microgrid
controls can ease that process by enabling
flexibility to add DER post-installation.
Advanced microgrids are often automated
and dynamic to allow adaptation, based on
changes to a facility's energy priorities. The
type of automatic island isolation they allow
can be a major asset in ensuring energy
CASE IN POINT
Schneider Electric, Andover, MA, (schneider-electric.us), wanted to understand what
its customers would experience were they
to implement microgrid technology and
the MaaS model. As a way of achieving
that understanding, it installed a microgrid
to increase energy resilience at its North
American Boston One Campus (BOC)
In short, Schenider Electric chose to test
its microgrid and MaaS capabilities by becoming its own customer. The first step was
Leveraging its own microgrid solutions, Schneider Electric's North American headquarters site in Andover,
MA, is capturing savings from solar energy, avoiding downtime costs, and enabling power resilience.
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