Chicago's Bronzeville Neighborhood Harnesses First-of-its-Kind Microgrid Cluster for Sustainable Energy
Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood is implementing a groundbreaking microgrid cluster, becoming the first of its kind in the United States. The microgrid, a smaller version of the city's electrical power grid, aims to provide self-sustaining power for the urban community and has the ability to connect with other microgrids. Located in a historically Black community, Bronzeville is at the forefront of Chicago's sustainability efforts and the clean-energy movement in the Midwest. The microgrid project signifies progress toward a sustainable energy future in an underserved community. It offers energy resiliency by enabling power supply independent of the wider grid during blackouts or natural disasters. The localization of energy production through the microgrid also increases efficiency and reduces energy losses during transmission. The Bronzeville microgrid is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.