The Islanded Grid Resource Center is committed to creating a self-sustaining knowledge center and resource for isolated islanded grids using or considering wind power. Our objective is to build a network of wind operators, government agencies, researchers, technical experts, and others to increase information sharing and capacity building for islanded grids, eliminate redundant efforts, promote collaboration, and ensure that best practices and performance analysis related to the operation of wind, wind-diesel hybrid and other hybrid systems are effectively disseminated. The three main focus areas of the Resource Center are wind-diesel systems, megawatt-scale systems on islanded grids, and support for island communities in close proximity to proposed commercial-scale offshore wind and other ocean energy projects. The group is open to any interested party. Current interested parties are located in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) and the Island Institute in Maine started the Islanded Grid Resource Center in 2014 as a way to connect island and islanded communities across the United States to share information and expertise on energy challenges and opportunities, specifically those involving wind power. The Resource Center is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange program and by participant contributions. The goal is be a resource to connect islanded grid operators, researchers, technical experts, government agencies and communities across the United States and across the world so they can share information and collaborate to make well-informed decisions about wind power and other energy solutions.
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