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Microgrids Boost Energy Resilience and Independence at Military Installations

The Department of Defense (DoD) has committed to deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable energy throughout military installations by 2025. Military bases all over the world have taken a proactive approach in achieving these goals, with many implementing solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. Energy initiatives aside, increased deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar PV can integrate with comprehensive microgrid solutions that can help meet DoD goals and ultimately boost energy resilience and independence, especially vital for mission-critical facilities.

According to the 2016 Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report, 34 percent of electric service providers already own or operate microgrids or DERs. Microgrid benefits for the energy industry include energy autonomy, sustainability, resilience or rural electrification and wider distributed generation penetration. These benefits can be applied in a similar manner at military installations and should be taken into consideration by energy program managers throughout the DoD.