Resilience means to do what ought to be done to prevent or limit any power outage. Think ahead, plan ahead, take action to prevent a disturbance.

There is a good example of that just north of Raleigh. A neighborhood is installing a microgrid. It is just what it sounds like, a small-scale power network, but for a special use.

Neighborhood Microgrid Gives Co-op New Case for Understanding Technology describes the teamwork of the Wake Electric Membership Cooperative, NC Electric Membership Cooperatives (NCEMC), a home builder and Tesla power equipment. (Images here are from the coop site.)

Here’s how the story was reported:

The microgrid will consist of two 150-kilowatt generators fueled by propane and a 1 megawatt-hour/500 kW Tesla PowerPack battery system. NCEMC will own the battery and will also configure the controller that will tie all of the microgrid components together.

“This new project will continue to move our operational understanding of microgrid capabilities forward,” said Bob Beadle, project manager for NCEMC. “It will provide new use cases for microgrid technology in a residential setting.”

The neighborhood will be able to run for up to 36 hours in times of outages due to hurricanes, other weather events, accidents, equipment failure or even proactive maintenance work on the system, said Bowman. The microgrid will also be connected to the main grid, adding new power resources that support greater reliability.

Terrific story. Terrific teamwork!


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