FAQs about DER and Microgrids
Q1. What are the main benefits of DER?
A1. The main benefits of using DER are allowing local generation and helping to alleviate stress on the grid during times of high demand.
Q2. How is a microgrid different from a traditional grid?
A2. A microgrid is a self-contained grid that can operate independently of larger grids, while a traditional grid is interconnected and relies on centralized power sources.
Q3. What are the common types of DER?
A3. Solar panels, backup batteries, and emergency diesel generators are all common types of DER.
Q4. How can microgrids help improve grid efficiency?
A4. By generating power locally, microgrids can reduce the amount of energy that needs to be transmitted over long distances, which can help reduce transmission losses and lower the overall cost of electricity.
Q5. Are DER and microgrids more expensive than traditional methods of power generation?
A5. The cost of DER and microgrids varies depending on the specific technology being used.