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In this article, we describe three isolated microgrid projects (Huatacondo, Chile; Ollagüe, Chile; and Puertecitos,
Mexico) developed in the last few years with the support
of the University of Chile. The Huatacondo project was
funded by a mining company. In Ollagüe, a power producer
was the main provider. Puertecitos was mainly funded by
the Mexican government and the Inter American Development Bank. In these three projects, both R&D support from
the universities and laboratories involved and engagement with the local community were key factors to
ensure the long-term sustainability of the projects. From a technical perspective and with operational statistical data, the cost structure of such schemes is better understood as well as the contribution of microgrids
to the resilience of larger distribution systems.
These lessons were considered in the design of two larger projects that we present here: an emergency
microgrid for the city of Arica, Chile (200,000 inhabitants), and a resilient smart grid introduced in the
town of Diego de Almagro, Chile (16,000 inhabitants), after a devastating flood required a new city plan.
Throughout the article, we highlight the relevance of social aspects and community engagement to achieve
sustainable and resilient distribution systems.

Learning from Isolated
Community Microgrids

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