Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Microgrids for Trains, Planes and Ships on the Rise

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Microgrids for trains, planes and ships are on the rise as the transportation industry seeks greener, more reliable power. The latest we've come upon is a plan by Imperial College London and 10:10 to work together on a project to create microgrid-like solar for trains. The Renewable Traction Power project will look into using track-side solar … [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...]

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story

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Microgrids aren’t cheap. At least not yet. But it's possible to design a microgrid that beats utility rates, even at this early stage of the industry. That’s what Bridgeport, Connecticut found out as it cleaved a new path over two years developing a complex community microgrid. A new whitepaper describes the trek. Spoiler alert. Some of the … [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...]

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy

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A new climate strategy report by the city of Boston calls for microgrid development in several neighborhoods to avert power outages and promote low-carbon energy. A product of the city's year-long climate study, the report gauges the impact of climate change and proposes ways to increase resiliency. “The city should pursue community energy … [Read more...]

New Jersey Votes to Spur Advanced Microgrids for Town Centers

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New Jersey regulators approved several actions this week to promote advanced microgrids, including piloting ‘town center’ projects and establishing new funding and financing. In doing so, New Jersey joins several other states working to craft a way forward for the young microgrid industry, which faces older regulations that fail to contemplate … [Read more...]

Australia’s Largest Renewable Microgrid to Seek Private Partners

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Australia’s Western Power plans to seek expressions of interest in December to build what may be Australia’s largest renewable microgrid. The utility intends to install a $10 million microgrid to bolster a failure-prone line between Western Australia's seaside resort community Kalbarri and Geraldton. Wind-born marine salts pummel the remote … [Read more...]

Exelon Pushes World’s First Microgrid Cluster in New Illinois Bill

Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison is once again vying for legislative approval to invest in microgrids, including what it hopes will be the world’s first microgrid cluster. The Exelon subsidiary seeks an okay to invest $250 million for five microgrids, as part of a comprehensive Future Energy Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814), introduced … [Read more...]

Update: $30M in Microgrid Funds Now Available in Connecticut Following Vote

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The Connecticut State Bond Commission Tuesday voted to release $30 million in microgrid funds for new projects in the third round of the state’s grant and loan program. The state began accepting applications for the latest round of microgrid funds about a year ago. But the money was not yet available, which the state believes caused an … [Read more...]

PECO Looks for Way Forward on Community Microgrids

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PECO Energy has put its plan on hold to build community microgrids in Pennsylvania while it gathers together stakeholders into a collaborative to work out differences. The Exelon utility subsidiary hopes to build community microgrids for a high-density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. However, the plan ran into opposition before the … [Read more...]