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Brooklyn Microgrid Glossary



Brooklyn Microgrid map: The Brooklyn Microgrid map represents the physical locations of the Brooklyn Microgrid network.

Community Solar Projects: Community solar projects provide energy or financial benefits to multiple community members. Community solar can refer to both community-owned projects as well as third party-owned solar plants whose electricity is shared by a community.

Energy Resiliency: Energy resiliency represents a community’s ability to adapt to changing and unknown conditions and to recover successfully in the face of disaster.

Kilowatt: A kilowatt (kW) is a measure of power. Power is the rate of doing work, the amount of energy transferred per unit time.


Kilowatt hour or kWh: The kilowatt hour (kWh) is a unit of energy. Energy is teh ability to do work.

Negawatts: A theoretical unit of power representing an amount of electrical power saved through energy efficiency (measured in watts).  In other words, Negawatts represent the units of energy you DO NOT use.

Peak Production: Peak production is when solar panels are producing a maximum amount of energy.


Photovoltaic: Photovoltaic (PV), a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun into a flow of electrons.

Potential Solar Site: A location that could serve as a future solar site but does not currently have solar panels.

Prosumers: Someone who is both consuming and producing energy simultaneously, usually by having solar panels on their home or business.


PV Site/Solar Site: A location with solar panels.

Upvote: This means to cast your vote in favor of a particular site where you want to see solar panels installed.

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