Developers and consumers are showing increasing interest in microgrids, those small networks of electricity users that are usually connected to the larger grid, but that can typically fully separate from that larger grid during emergencies. That means they can be more resilient. They can also improve the larger grid’s overall efficiency and reduce energy costs.
And because microgrids are often powered by renewable energy, they are more sustainable and can help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. These factors especially are drawing even more attention to microgrids from users and investors looking for sustainability. In fact, this growing sector — like many other sustainable technologies — is also attracting an increasing amount of financing, often through new and creative ways.