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The Development Process section provides a high level overview of all the steps in the process of developing, building and operating a community microgrid. The goal is to provide local government and other stakeholders with a solid grounding in the overall microgrid development process. The key steps discussed in this section are:

  • Overview: The Development Process section provides a high level overview of all the steps in the process of developing, building and operating a community microgrid. The goal is to provide local government and other stakeholders with a solid grounding in the overall microgrid development process.
  • Planning: Identifies promising sites and determines which ones should be in the microgrid, why they are good candidates, what power they need, and how long they need it.
    • Outcome: A Preliminary Microgrid Development Plan
  • Technical Feasibility Study: Hard lines and significantly extends the information collected and assembled during Planning.
    • Outcome: A Final Microgrid Development Plan, including: detailed design; cost/benefit analyses; potential ownership structures; and a financial plan.
  • Financing and Procurement: Includes a final engineered design with detailed maps, the final energy mix, and outlines security and interconnectivity requirements.
    • Outcome: Final Bid Documents – to finance and procure the microgrid.
  • Construction: Includes awarding and managing contracts to procure equipment, construct the distribution infrastructure, and interconnect the microgrid and the grid.
    • Outcome: Operational Microgrid
  • Operation: Includes owning, operating and maintaining the microgrid.
    • Outcome: A High Performance Microgrid that improves power reliability, reduces energy costs and provides increased resilience to the community.

Microgrids.io is an information resource for planning and developing local government microgrids. Microgrids.io is currently maintained and updated by the Center for Building Knowledge at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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