Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

modular microgrids

Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Costs Declining. But No One-Size Fits All

energy storage soft costs

Energy storage costs continue to decline, but with wide variations, depending on the battery technology and where and how it's used, according to new research by Lazard. Lazard also found solar generation costs declining at an even steeper rate. Solar and storage often are coupled in microgrids and nanogrids. “Our studies continue to … [Read more...]

Residential Microgrids for the Masses?

residential solar microgrids

Residential microgrids will be attractive to the masses in the form of standardized battery-plus-solar PV systems, says Suleman Khan, co-founder and managing partner of Swell Energy. In the past, homeowners—and those who sell clean energy to them—were going about it all wrong, often installing oversized solar systems without batteries, … [Read more...]

When are Microgrids Virtual Power Plants & Why Does it Matter?

microgrid virtual power plant

When are microgrids virtual power plants, and what change do they bring to the central grid? The market for virtual power plants, and the technologies that enable them, are growing quickly, in large part driven by the lower costs of solar and energy storage. Thanks to these cost declines, we’re seeing more and more distributed energy coming … [Read more...]

Why a Nanogrid in a Microgrid: Aquion Energy

nanogrid in a microgrid

Aquion Energy, Schneider Electric and Azimuth Energy have completed a nanogrid in a microgrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The nanogrid has the unique ability to move DC power from solar panels directly to LED lights at the Institute's Keating Sports Center. In reality, the nanogrid is a small microgrid, said Matt Maroon, vice … [Read more...]

Off-grid Microgrids and Nanogrids on the Rise…Stem Wins with Storage-as-a-service…NY on Standby Charges

Off-grid Microgrids and Nanogrids

Here come the off-grid microgrids and nanogrids Navigant Research forecasts that annual revenue for off-grid power will exceed $25 billion in 2024 as remote areas of the world install microgrids and nanogrids. Nanogrids alone are expected to become a $17.5 billion annual business by 2024, driven by growing need to charge cellphones in the … [Read more...]

What the Changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentives Mean to Energy Storage

California's self-generation incentives

Energy storage gets a big nod under recent changes to California's self-generation incentives, which also place new emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the revisions to the self-generation incentive program (SGIP) on June 23. Under the changes, 75 percent of the funding goes to … [Read more...]

Nanogrid Building in San Francisco Grapples with Utility Incentives

nanogrid building

Developers of one-of-a-kind nanogrid building in San Francisco are grappling with challenges stemming from the incentives they're receiving from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The project, Sol-Lux Alpha, is a four-unit condo building  with a 42-kW photovoltaic array and 105 kWh … [Read more...]

Deloitte: On-site Energy on the Rise with Millennials Leading the Clean Energy Charge & Other Quick Microgrid News

clean energy

Millennials are increasingly driving electric utilities and businesses to use more clean energy, according to a study from Deloitte. “Resources 2016 Study - Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds," highlights the increasing influence of millennials aged 21-34, the largest and most dominant consumer group, as a dynamic force behind the shift … [Read more...]

The Growing Role of Energy Storage in Microgrids

energy storage in microgrids

Adam Wilson, of Navigant Research, describes why energy storage in microgrids is likely to become the norm. Hint: Solar microgrids are on the rise. Energy storage systems (ESSs) have an important and diverse role in microgrids. Solar PV and other renewable distributed generation (DG) technologies require a voltage source in order to synchronize. … [Read more...]