Applications Open for the “Microgrids for the Greater Good” Award, Microgrid 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge is now accepting applications for the Microgrids for the Greater Good awards program. Winners will be announced at Microgrid 2019: “Shaping the New Electric Grid” to be held in San Diego, May 14-16.

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“Microgrids take on some heroic tasks — sheltering the vulnerable during disasters, keeping hospitals up and running when the grid goes down, electrifying farflung villages. We created the Greater Good Award to put a spotlight on their benefits,” said Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief for Microgrid Knowledge.

The competition seeks microgrids that offer a clear benefit to society and demonstrate a replicable model. Applications will be considered for microgrids operating in any part of the world.

“Microgrids for the Greater Good was the theme of Microgrid 2018, and it evoked some fascinating discussion. So we are carrying the concept forward for Microgrid 2019 to honor the way microgrids improve society — from smart cities to remote villages,” said Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge.

Anyone may nominate a microgrid whether they are affiliated with the project or not.  

Awards will be given in three categories:

  1. Highest Recognition for a Microgrid Serving the Greater Good 2019
  2. Greater Good Award for a Grid-Connected Microgrid
  3. Greater Good Award for a Remote Microgrid

Judges for the competition are William Brent, director Power for All; Kaitlyn Bunker, manager, Islands Energy Program, Rocky Mountain Institute;  Jonathan Hart, senior specialist at the Center for Sustainable Energy.

Nominate a project for Microgrids for the Greater Good by filling out this application form on the Microgrid 2019 website. Applications are due Jan. 7, 2019.

Microgrids for the Greater Good criteria

The competition seeks microgrids that improve the lives of those they serve in one or more of these ways:

  • Improve the quality of life for those still without access to a grid
  • Lower energy costs
  • Improve energy reliability
  • Reduce emissions
  • Ensure the safety of seniors or other vulnerable populations
  • Improve the ability to secure basic necessities (eg food, water,
  • communications, medicines, transportation)
  • Enhance a local economy
  • Promote community or preserve the peace
  • Preserve the natural environment
  • Avoid more expensive infrastructure development
  • Educate
About Microgrid 2019

“Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid” follows Microgrid Knowledge’s highly successful conferences in New York City, Boston and Chicago, all part of the online publication’s mission to advance microgrids.

Set on the waterfront at one of San Diego’s newest luxury hotels, Microgrid 2019 will gather together energy and policy leaders who are setting direction as microgrids grow into a $30.9 billion industry.

The three-day event will feature worldwide opportunities for microgrids and related technologies, such as nanogrids, virtual power plants and energy storage.

Register for Microgrid 2019 now and receive a limited-time $350 discount.

Never been to a Microgrid Knowledge conference? See why they are so popular in this video from Microgrid 2018

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