When The Lights Go Out: Microgrids to the Rescue!
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, earthquakes in Mexico. All this crazy, destructive weather highlights how climate change is a threat. To be able to bounce back when disaster hits, preparation is key. In that vein, Climable has started planning out microgrids. Microgrids are community-wide energy systems that kick on when the power goes out, kind of like a neighborhood-sized generator. But wait, there's more! Microgrids can reduce energy costs too because they can be leveraged even when electricity is operating as expected. Clean energy microgrids more environmentally friendly than conventional electricity because they harness renewable energy sources, like solar coupled with batteries.
Climable has partnered with the Green Justice Coalition, the Climate Action Business Association, and Clean Energy Solutions on a project called Resilient Urban Neighborhoods (RUN-GJC) to build microgrids in local, low-income communities. RUN-GJC is currently conducting viability assessments with input from community participants.