How a Resilient Community Builds a Solar Farming Platform


From GLOBAL GUERILLAS

…How does a resilient community build a solar farming platform?  Here’s what is required (this is MUCH easier to do with new construction):

  1. The community must own/operate the grid infrastructure that currently supplies them with power.  Buy it back if you don’t own it already.  If this is impossible, you might want to think about moving…
  2. Convert the local grid into a smart micro-grid.  A micro-grid is a digitized, small scale version of the national grid.  There are lots of commercial packages available for this already (like this: the Paladin SmartGrid).  A micro-grid turns the community’s local grid from a simple pipe into a digital platform (like the Internet).  This means that new date rich features can be added to the local power system, irrespective of how far behind the national grid is, and it can operate independently from the larger national grid if it goes down (which is a big advantage).
  3. Add plug and play power generation AND a power micro-market.  The combination of these features lets solar farmers, whether entrepreneurial family farmers or farmer co-operatives (that share expertise and equipment) rapidly jump into generating power and selling it at the same prices as the national retail rate (until local competition starts to produce enough to drive it down).  As solar power module costs drop, the biggest costs involved will be installation, continuous optimization, and operational mx.  The tasks that farmers excel at.  Over time, it’s likely that solar farmers will differentiate by adding power services, energy storage, and heating services.

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