In the past, microgrids or off-grid power was seen as the option of last resort for remote communities from the Arctic to the South Pacific, who were seeking village electrification when utility power was unavailable. These micro grids were heavily dependent on high maintenance diesel generators which proved costly due to volatile gas prices. By integrating renewable assets such as wind these communities can now secure affordable and reliable power for critical infrastructure needs, as well as for their homes.
As advancements in renewable energy and energy storage technologies develop, the microgrid solution is evolving into a more desirable option for any site seeking energy independence—whether it is the private island owner in the Carribean, a retirement community in the Southwest desert or a business campus looking to generate its own power.
XZERES Skystream® and XZERES 442SR turbines have a proven history in microgrid applications. These turbines have a flexible architecture that allows them to be configured for battery charging or grid connect applications. They have intelligent controls which adapt well to changing circumstances and both have robust monitoring capabilities, resulting in a more reliable wind turbine for remote locations.