This year the Microgrids Project team completed the installation of more than 65 smart meters and is now deep in the modelling and analysis phase, in preparation for final recommendations and reporting in the first half of 2022.
Limited movement due to COVID-19, aging existing infrastructure, and low-quality connectivity presented many challenges and, in turn, learnings for successfully rolling out of real-time meters on farm. By using two metering technologies, the project team was also able to assess and compare offerings currently in the market.
Using the real-time and historical data being collected, our team has built a custom real-time modelling and analysis tool for our case studies. Final assumptions and scopes of analysis are being defined at the year’s close in preparation for reporting in Q1, 2022.
Having assessed our participants’ motivations and levers for change, the project team is now focussing on identifying specific technical and regulatory constraints on microgrid adoption at national , state , and local levels. We expect this to be an increasingly collaborative process as we engage the larger energy ecosystem.
Reporting will apply an integrative approach across technical, economic, and regulatory enablers and limitations. In doing so, feasibility recommendations will not just serve the farmer but the energy ecosystem at large.
As extreme weather events impact agricultural producers and communities this summer we are reminded of the importance of equitable access to resilient and reliable energy infrastructure. Microgrids are an important piece in that puzzle.
The stages of the project are illustrated in image below.