Ever Heard of a Microgrid? Here’s Why You Should Start One

Popular Science: EcoBlock co-PI and UC Berkeley professor Dan Kammen discusses the growing ubiquity of community microgrids in a recent Popular Science article published on April 13, 2022. As renewable energy becomes more affordable and accessible, Kammen notes that microgrids—especially ones powered by solar—are gaining traction throughout the U.S. “We used to think that microgrids were off-grid, rural areas, but increasingly they’re urban areas, cities,” Kammen says. “Solar is certainly the most common just because it’s so easy. With solar and batteries you can do basically everything a utility does.”

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