How a Residential Microgrid Can Earn Its Keep Beyond the Neighborhood

By [email protected] For the burgeoning microgrid market, the sweet spot has been university, industrial and military applications. But now, the suitability of this advance in energy resilience is expanding, and residential neighborhoods are being eyed as another ideal fit.

Before microgrids will proliferate in communities across America, however, utilities need to know the value microgrids can provide in better serving customers. Alabama Power is doing just that with its “Smart Neighborhood” microgrid pilot in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover.

Alabama Power has been operating the project’s community-scale microgrid since December 2017 for research and demonstration purposes. The microgrid includes a small solar array, lithium-ion

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