Commercial buildings account for roughly half of our nation’s overall energy consumption. Since our founding, The Alliance Center has explored ways to reduce the building sector’s contribution to our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by serving as a model for high-performance building innovation.
We are thrilled to be piloting the Direct Current (DC) Microgrid project as another way for buildings to reduce their negative impact on climate change. Our DC Microgrid is a way for our building to reduce our negative impact on climate change. It makes it possible for us to take energy directly from our energy generators and use it to power our building. While typically energy from generators like solar panels has to be converted from DC to Alternate Current (AC) and back again, the microgrid removes the need for all this converting.
The solar panels are on our roof, the highly-efficient batteries are in our basement, and the necessary equipment to power DC lights and plugs are in our first-floor suite… but why DC?