Residential Microgrids for the Masses?

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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...]

From Home Microgrid to Virtual Power Plant in Rural Vermont

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A new low-income community in rural Vermont demonstrates that the home microgrid is not just for the wealthy. The Clean Energy Group worked with local utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) and other partners to bring the systems -- solar plus storage with microgrid controls -- to 14 modular homes in Addison County. It may be the only modular … [Read more...]

Rival Energy Storage Companies Sonnen and Tesla Angle for Battery Market

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Rival energy storage companies sonnen and Tesla each started the week angling for the emerging smart battery market, with news of financing and partnerships. Sonnen is positioning to grow its virtual energy business sonnenCommunity, a move it sees boosted by $85 million in new equity investments. The German-based company is expanding on its … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

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Here's another twist on why energy storage is a good thing. It can help clean the air and improve public health. Seth Mullendore of Clean Energy Group explains. Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Eliminates Hefty Demand Charges… and Other Quick Microgrid News

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Federal tax incentives for solar plus energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30 percent of the total cost. For Mission Viejo business Franchise Services, an investment in solar plus storage will drastically reduce utility bills -- and eliminate hefty demand charges. The company, which occupies a 44,000 square foot office … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Con Edison Plans Virtual Power Plant in New York from 300 Homes… And Other Quick News

Consolidated Edison plans to create a virtual power plant in New York, formed from the largest residential distributed energy storage program in the U.S. This summer the utility will invite 300 New York homeowners to participate in the solar plus storage pilot project, which will integrate more than 1.8 MW of solar and some 1.8 MW (4 MWh) of … [Read more...]

Hitachi Microgrids Part of Expanding North American Energy Play

North America Microgrid

Japan-based Hitachi today announced expansion of its new energy solutions business in North America, which includes the Hitachi microgrid operation. In addition to microgrids, the technology giant is offering battery energy storage, grid stabilization and other advanced energy initiatives in North America. Hitachi's new energy solutions … [Read more...]

Harvard Law School Group Pushes Virtual Power Plants in Massachusetts

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A Harvard Law School group is urging Massachusetts regulators to test virtual power plants – possibly as part of microgrids – as the state moves to modernize its electric grid. The school’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic raised the idea of utilities demonstrating virtual power plants in comments filed last week before the … [Read more...]