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When floods, hurricanes, and other climate disasters strike, it can take a long time to restore power. The Footprint Project, in partnership with Schneider Electric and Microsoft, provides portable microgrids that produce electricity for personal, medical, and communication needs. From Hurricane Ida in Louisiana to tornadoes in Kentucky and earthquakes in Puerto Rico, microgrids have helped provide food, water, supplies, medical services, and equipment-charging capabilities to people displaced by disasters. Cloud-connected inverters enable remote—and more efficient—management of microgrid fleets, helping Footprint Project scale up. Founder and Operations Director Will Heegaard says the microgrids “reduce the carbon footprint of humanitarian relief” by providing cleaner energy for communities in crisis.

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