Three Microgrid Business Models Emerge from Evolving Market

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Not one, but three microgrid business models are emerging as more players enter the market and use microgrids to help realize the grid of the future. That’s the underlying message of a report issued today by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). “A diverse set of utility and other business … [Read more...]

Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid Project Reaches Milestone

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Woodbridge, Connecticut marked a milestone this week for its 2.2 MW fuel cell microgrid project, with an announcement that the fuel cell component is now operating. The fuel cell was provided by Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy. "This project is a great example of how municipalities can align with utilities to enhance their critical … [Read more...]

Isolated, Touristy Island Experiments with Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrid

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Isolated at the very end of the transmission line and subject to outages due to high winds and storms, the island of Ocracoke could benefit from a more diverse mix of resources—including a solar-plus-storage microgrid, said Heidi Jernigan Smith, spokeswoman for Tideland Electric Membership, which supplies electricity to the island. Isolation … [Read more...]

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...]