New Investment Firm to Finance Microgrids with an Initial $30M

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First comes government support for new energy technologies. Then, if the technology proves out, come private investors. So it's significant to note the launch this week of a new private firm to finance microgrids. Crescendo Power has formed to offer an initial $30 million in equity financing for commercial and industrial microgrids and … [Read more...]

Horizon Power’s Plan to Become the Leading Company for Microgrids in the World

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RenewEconomy’s Giles Parkinson describes an effort by Australia's Horizon Power to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and become the leading company for microgrids in the world. The Australian government’s official position on fossil fuel subsidies is that it doesn’t pay any. Leaving aside the unmet environmental and climate costs of burning fossil … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and Microgrids Offer Colleges a Path to Cutting Carbon: Report

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It’s no secret that colleges and universities are some of the biggest microgrid users. But a new report says we should see more renewable energy and microgrids at these institutions. The report, from Environment America Research & Policy Center, “Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus,” says that the shift to 100 … [Read more...]

Meet the Microgrid Project Winners Selected in Stage 2 of the NY Prize

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Here's a look inside the 11 microgrid project winners selected March 23 by the New York Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in Stage 2 of the NY Prize. (Also see our related story about the NY Prize Microgrid Winners.) Siemens, which is working on several of the winners, said that the model projects will pave the way for … [Read more...]

NY Prize Announces Stage 2 Microgrid Winners; Sweetens the Pot by $50M Per Finalist

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In a much anticipated move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced the microgrid winners for Stage 2 of the NY Prize, as well as significant new financial support for those who go on to win in the third and final stage. Each of the 11 microgrid projects that won Stage 2 will receive $1 million, for $11 million in total, allotted as part of a $40 … [Read more...]

CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

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CPS Energy’s microgrid, its first, is small. But don’t let that fool you. The San Antonio, Texas utility is thinking big. Located at the library of a military base, the microgrid is acting as a learning vehicle for the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility, a stepping stone toward its vision of a microgrid future. “We’re … [Read more...]

Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains the steps behind connecting a microgrid to the grid.  Connecting a microgrid to an electric power system (EPS) requires the microgrid and EPS owners to form a legal contract and a technical design that ensure the safe, reliable, and economic … [Read more...]

Gas Turbine Microgrids on Two Continents: Mirror Images of Reliability

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Gas turbine microgrids in Alaska and Australia offer mirror images of microgrid capabilities, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. One of the benefits of gas turbine microgrids is their ability to ‘island’ electrical operations from the surrounding grid. In Sitka, … [Read more...]

What Microgrids Offer Water Systems: Why Small is Better

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Rinaldo Veseliza, of Alisto Engineering Group, explains the advantages that microgrids offer water systems, as communities face the crisis of crumbling underground infrastructure that needs repair. As a practicing architect and LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) for more than 40 years, I have scoured … [Read more...]

Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

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The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation … [Read more...]