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Today’s microgrids incorporate a more diverse assortment of largely clean and renewable energy, often combining a mix-and-match of rooftop solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells and biomass-power heat with storage to provide maximum uptime for mission critical operations, according to a 2021 report by Guidehouse Insights.
The report suggests microgrids powered by renewable energy will increase to 32.8 gigawatts in installed capacity by 2030, creating nearly 500,000 jobs over the next decade, $72 billion in gross domestic product growth and $146 billion in business sales. One major factor in this projected growth: more cost-efficient energy storage — such as battery cells for solar arrays.
One company acting on this potential is Bimbo Bakeries USA, a subsidiary of Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo that produces baked goods brands including Sara Lee and Entenmann’s. The company, headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania, has contracted with GreenStruxure to design and construct solar-powered microgrids at six California bakeries in Montebello, Placentia, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, South San Francisco and Sacramento.