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Power to the People: Microgrid Gives Community Control of Its Energy

Darrel Proctor of Power reports on microgrid communities.

The C3 Take
  • Tampa-based BlockEnergy has built a 37-home microgrid community just south of Tampa where every home has solar and battery storage that supplements power from the local grid.
  • The community’s energy storage allows residents to keep the lights on even during extreme weather events and blackouts.
  • Last year when Hurricane Ian hit Florida and left 2.2 million people without power, the BlockEnergy homes never lost power.
  • Microgrid communities like these could more widely seen in future of home development.

“Power is generated and distributed locally with multiple levels of security in the BlockEnergy system, which includes protection from cyber and other threats. In the event of an outage, there is no action required of the system as it is ‘always-on’ and not dependent on the grid for ongoing power reliability. That provides resiliency, as there is no single point of failure—each BlockHome has its own solar generation, energy storage, and controls.”

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