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  • Writer's pictureGrace Tobin

Why Industrial Consumers Should Invest in a Microgrid Energy Solution

North America has adopted more microgrids than any other part of the world, and large-scale businesses with high energy expenditure are amongst the top adopters of this technology. As these customers want to use less power from the main grid and switch to clean energy, microgrids and backup power are becoming more widespread.

Why microgrid technology?

The traditional power grid is facing numerous challenges, including blackouts, high energy costs, and a dependence on non-renewable energy sources. These challenges are especially problematic for industrial consumers, as power outages can result in costly production downtime and loss of revenue. This is where GridSwitch and our microgrid solutions come in.

What is a microgrid?

A microgrid is a localized network of power generation and distribution that can operate independently or in conjunction with the larger grid. By incorporating renewable energy sources and energy storage systems, industrial consumers can enjoy reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective energy.

What are the benefits of microgrids, anyways?

The benefits of microgrids for industrial consumers are numerous. Energy security is a top concern for many, and a microgrid allows for the integration of various energy sources to provide a reliable and resilient source of power. Cost savings is another major benefit, as incorporating renewable energy sources can reduce or eliminate the need for expensive fossil fuels and decrease dependence on the traditional grid. Additionally, microgrids promote sustainability by allowing for greater use of renewable energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The ability to operate in both grid-connected and island mode also provides more flexibility to industrial consumers. During normal operation, the microgrid can be connected to the larger grid and provide additional power to the community. However, during a grid outage, the microgrid can disconnect and continue to provide power to critical loads, ensuring continuity of operations.

Implementing a microgrid can also bring about other benefits for industrial consumers such as improved energy efficiency and demand management. By having more visibility and control over energy consumption, industrial consumers can make more informed decisions about energy usage and implement energy-saving measures.

How do I operate a microgrid?

Here is the best part: With GridSwitch as your energy partner, you don't have to worry about any of the work. Our team handles all aspects of your microgrid's operations. We offer 24/7 data monitoring to ensure optimal efficiency around the clock. If we notice an issue, our team will be out to take care of it without you even having to bat an eye.

So, you don't operate a microgrid. You don't even have to remember it's there! Learn the specifics of everything we offer here.

How much does it cost to get a microgrid?

While the implementation of a microgrid can be a complex and costly endeavor, it isn't with GridSwitch. We are partnered with Blackstone, who allows for you to obtain a microgrid with no money out of your pocket. All you do is continue to pay your monthly energy bill!

Our main requirement: Be a business that does at least $1 million per year in energy costs.

If you meet this requirement, you could be a candidate for a microgrid and our full package of services. Why not cut costs, disconnect from the main grid, and take full control over your energy production?


The benefits of microgrids for industrial consumers are clear. Energy security, cost savings, sustainability, and increased flexibility are just a few of the reasons why industrial consumers should consider a conversation with one of our Energy Specialists. If you're ready to inquire, click here.

The demand for reliable and resilient power is increasing, and the implementation of microgrids is becoming increasingly viable for industrial consumers.

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