What Is a Solar Microgrid?

Feb. 03, 2022

A solar microgrid is an increasingly popular technology that’s giving homeowners, businesses, and entire communities access to cleaner and more reliable power. Depending on its size, a solar microgrid can be used to power one or multiple homes or facilities.  

Boston Solar installs leading solar technologies, including Enphase solar power inverters, and can help you create a microgrid energy system for your Massachusetts home or business. Keep reading to learn more about solar microgrids and why they are so beneficial. 


Microgrids vs Solar Microgrids: What’s the Difference? 

A microgrid is a local, independently controlled power grid that can integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into the main electric grid. Microgrids can distribute all kinds of energy resources, including renewable energy to fossil fuels. 

A solar microgrid is a specific type of microgrid that generates electricity using solar power. A residential solar panel system complete with battery storage is a type of solar microgrid. 


How Does a Solar Microgrid Work?

Solar microgrids are connected to the main electric grid and can integrate with it, but they can also separate themselves from the grid and operate independently.

A solar microgrid will maintain a connection to the main grid until it’s deemed necessary to switch to independent power generation or “island mode.” This usually happens during a period of high electricity demand, or during a power outage. The switch happens seamlessly, and you may not even notice that your system has gone into island mode.  


How You’ll Benefit from a Solar Microgrid 

There are many benefits to solar microgrid technology, including:

  • Power during an outage 
  • Less reliance on fossil fuels 
  • Greater energy independence 
  • Lower electricity costs 
  • Improved grid resiliency 

Looking for a home solar company in the Boston area that installs solar microgrid technology? Talk to Boston Solar today. We can help you create a more sustainable and reliable power source for your home or business. 


The Enphase IQ8 Makes Microgrid Technology More Accessible 

The Enphase IQ8 (2022 release) is a solar microinverter that makes it possible for Enphase solar systems to provide backup power without a battery. Previously, you needed to have solar battery storage in order for your solar panel system to operate as a microgrid. 

The IQ8 Enphase microinverter with solar backup can switch seamlessly between grid-tied and off-grid modes to provide day-time power for small appliances during an outage. Enphase batteries and inverters are some of the most advanced solar products available, and Boston Solar is proud to be a certified Enphase installer. If you’re planning to install a new solar power system, the Enphase IQ8 is a great option. However, it cannot be added to existing systems. 


Install a Solar Microgrid at Your Home or Business 

Boston Solar designs custom solar solutions for Massachusetts homeowners and businesses using top-performing solar panels, inverters, and batteries. We can help you become more energy independent with a solar microgrid that provides reliable and consistent solar power for your home or business. To learn more about the benefits of microgrids, reach out to Boston Solar today. We’ve installed more than 4,800 solar energy systems and are here to answer any questions you may have. 

Learn more about solar microgrids from one of the best solar companies in Massachusetts. Call Boston Solar at 617-858-1645 or contact us online today. 


What Is a Solar Microgrid?

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