Small Texas Microgrid Company Receives $10 Million Boost from Utility Investors

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Texas microgrid company Enchanted Rock (ERock) has won $10 million in institutional financing from Energy Impact Partners (EIP), a consortium of global utilities. The investment comes as the small microgrid company makes its mark with an innovative business model, what it calls Demand Electric Reliability. ERock aggregates natural gas … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Cannabis Industry: Solving the Energy Hog Problem

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Microgrids for the cannabis industry could solve the industry's energy hog problem -- and help utilities grappling with increases in demand in states where cannabis is legal. That's the word from Timothy Hade, co-founder and CEO of Scale Energy, a new company that looked at numerous industries before opting to focus on the cannabis industry … [Read more...]

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

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Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]

ERock Looks to Expand Reliability Microgrids; Signs $240-$335M Genset Deal

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Positioning for growth, Enchanted Rock (ERock) has signed a deal for $240-$335 million of natural gas generators for its reliability microgrids. The deal comes as the microgrid developer continues to find traction for its reliability microgrid concept in Texas -- and moves to expand elsewhere in North America. Power Solutions … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Changed in 2016: A Ben & Jerry’s Year

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Consider 2016 a Ben & Jerry’s year for the microgrid industry. Microgrids expanded, not just in number, but in flavor. Plain vanilla microgrids gave way to a range of new kinds: virtual microgrids, blockchain microgrids, even flying microgrids, to name a few. Product differentiation reigned in 2016. But worldwide geographic expansion … [Read more...]

Australia’s Growing Microgrid Market Brings Together Powerhouse Team

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A new joint venture signals rapid transformation of Australia's microgrid market. Sophie Vorrath, of One Step Off the Grid, explains. Australia’s budding – and potentially massive – microgrid market is the focus of a major new deal between two industry powerhouses this week: property and infrastructure group Lendlease Services and leading solar … [Read more...]

Penn State Team Tests Hybrid Microgrid for Use Across the State

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Pennsylvania State University is testing a low-carbon hybrid microgrid in an attempt to create a transferable blueprint for additional microgrid sites across the state. The university has received funding to demonstrate a hybrid microgrid on a 600-kW “nano-loop” of an existing microgrid at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The Navy Yard is an … [Read more...]

Microgrid Opportunity: What Stands in the Way for 2017?

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Microgrid opportunity grew in 2016 and next year looks even better. But government policy isn’t keeping up with grassroots demand, said Randy Grass vice president at POWER Engineers. Grass, who manages the transmission and distribution (T&D) division for the global consulting engineering firm, described the policy roadblocks during a … [Read more...]

Specialized Microgrids Will Keep Utilities Competitive

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Kilowatt Labs' Omar Ghani explores the potential of specialized microgrids to drive competition and provide utilities with a sustainable commercial model for the future.  Utilities keep the lights on, delivering electricity to us reliably, safely and economically. Having built a robust technical and … [Read more...]

Sungrow Connects China’s Largest Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Project…Plus News from CALMAC & EHT

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China's largest solar plus storage microgrid project up and running in Tibet  China’s largest solar plus storage microgrid project is now connected to the grid in a high-elevation area of Shuanghu. Located in China’s Tibet province, the microgrid -- powered by Sungrow -- includes 13 MW of PV inverters, 7 MW of energy storage inverters, and 23.5 … [Read more...]