Excluding projects already under development that are included in the Hawaiian Electric resource Action Plan, approximately 300 MW of utility–scale additional renewable generation and as much as 200 MW of energy storage are needed on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Hawaii.
Here we discuss regulatory and policy considerations related to microgrids. A comprehensive regulatory and policy paradigm for microgrids does not currently exist in Hawaii. It is wise to approach policy making from a holistic rather than piecemeal basis.
Today, we talk about some practical things to consider if you are an energy-user contemplating a microgrid. Will a microgrid save you money? Are there other ways to accomplish your objectives? Do you want to run a utility? Can you obtain financing for a microgrid?
In this post we identify the basic components of a microgrid and what each does. Each of the components of a microgrid is commercially available today. Let’s identify those components found in a typical microgrid and discuss each.
Why would anyone want to set up a microgrid? Here we delineate three core value propositions around microgrids: reliability, economics and remote service.