What a Microgrid in Arizona Teaches Us About Energy Resiliency
Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, a church in Tucson, Arizona, exemplifies the potential of microgrids for enhancing energy resiliency, especially in the face of climate challenges. The church, motivated by environmental stewardship, installed a 10-kilowatt rooftop solar system and a Tesla Powerwall battery, creating a microgrid. To overcome challenges posed by the utility's renewable energy tariff, the church creatively combined the electrical service of two buildings, maximizing energy savings. Microgrids, consisting of local power generators like solar panels and batteries, can operate independently or connect to the main grid, providing stability during outages. As climate change intensifies extreme weather events, microgrids become crucial for ensuring reliable and resilient energy sources, not only for churches but for broader community centers serving as resilience hubs during crises.