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Neighborhood Energy: The Port Microgrid. Blue banner with buildings and solar panels, with the seal of the City of Cambridge.

Neighborhood Energy: The Port Microgrid

Neighborhood Energy is the City's new initiative to support climate resiliency through clean, local energy sources. We're working with community members in The Port to pilot a clean energy microgrid.

What's a Microgrid?

A microgrid is a local and reliable energy source, meaning it creates energy for participating buildings. It can disconnect from the grid and operate independently from it by using a local source of electricity generation, like solar panels. In an emergency, the buildings that make up the microgrid can disconnect from the grid (aka ‘island’) and prevent loss of power. A microgrid is also smart. It can respond to fluctuating energy markets, grid interruptions, and natural disasters with advanced software that manages all components to maximize community savings and safety. In short, a microgrid can be a valuable asset to a community both when the grid is operational and when there is a power outage.

Project Goals

Cambridge is working with community members on a pilot microgrid in the Port to help provide a clean, resilient local energy source. Our goals include:

  1. Community ownership of energy
  2. Improved resilience
  3. Renewable energy & public health benefits
  4. Energy efficient buildings
  5. Decarbonized heating & hot water

Why the Port?

Climate change is expected to works the risk of flooding and extreme heat. What are the imminent concerns for The Port?

  • Flooding from precipitation
  • Heat vulnerability
  • Extreme storms

The Port is vulnerable to these climate impacts. With a high volume of multifamily and affordable housing, a microgrid can bolster resilience. You can learn more about the overall climate preparedness strategy for Cambridge by checking out the Resilient Cambridge Plan.

Learn More

Click on one of the chapters below to learn more about how a microgrid works and the benefits it can have for a more resilient Cambridge.

Community Partners

We’re partnering with Climable.org on this project. Climable.org is a women-run nonprofit in Cambridge, MA that works to make clean energy and the environment engaging and accessible for all.
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