WHAT IT IS: A system that links you and the power generated by your home with your neighbours and the power generated by their homes (and maybe other nearby buildings or local businesses). WHY IT MATTERS: As long as you have a way of producing your own power, such as rooftop or window solar, you are now
5 a power company. That not only makes you money, it keeps the utility from having to fire up a giant plant just because your neighbours all want to charge their Teslas. Plus, if there’s an emergency for the national grid, your microgrid can disconnect and run independently until problems are resolved.
6 HOW TO GET STARTED: If you’re not on a microgrid, call your utility and find out when you can get on one. If you already are, legally you should have a map of the properties you’re connected to and an upgraded electric meter with a command module showing the type and source of electrons flowing into your home.