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Microgrid sizes

Marble Bar, located in Australia’s outback, has tremendous solar resources that require the stability a microgrid can offer. Courtesy of ABB.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Microgrids come in all sizes and shapes; therefore, fitting individual solutions to each application can be challenging.

Whenever there has been a problem with power delivery, the response has been to make the system bigger, to supersize it. It almost has been a mantra of bigger is better. These sacred words were chanted in every part of the grid: “There is no substitute for wire in the air.” As a result, the electric grid has become a gigantic maze of hubs, interconnection points and nodes connecting more remote centralized power plants to the customer, but this only has added to the issues.

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