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...]

Six Lessons Learned from an Oil Refinery Microgrid: Correcting Performance Issues Before Installation

What’s the best way to avoid performance issues – and associated expenses – during a microgrid system installation? Uncover and correct them ahead of time. A North American oil refinery microgrid did just that by investing in thorough Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) testing of its power management system. The oil refinery had installed new … [Read more...]

ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

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ABB readies to install industrial microgrid at its India plant ABB plans to install an industrial microgrid at its largest manufacturing facility in India, which employees 3,000 people. The Vadodara facility in Gujarat, India will include a rooftop solar array to boost renewables, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve the facility's electric … [Read more...]

New Microgrid in China Moves Forward with Capstone Equipment

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Capstone Turbine will supply a microturbine for a 10-MW wind-energy based microgrid in China, the California company said Monday. The microgrid will serve an industrial customer in Beijing, according to a Capstone spokesman. A major Chinese wind company secured the order for Capstone’s C600 Signature Series microturbine, he said. The order … [Read more...]

From Naval Ships to Space Ships to Reliability Microgrids: The ERock Story

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Sea, sky – and some sophisticated energy trading expertise – lies behind the reliability microgrids conceived by Enchanted Rock (ERock). The Texas-based company made a splash last week with news that it has secured financing to install 50 MW of reliability microgrids for grocery stores and other commercial and industrial customers in … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid to ‘Green’ North America’s Largest Port

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The Port of Los Angeles, North America's largest port, plans to install a $26. 6 million solar microgrid this year, as it moves toward becoming the first marine terminal to operate solely on renewable energy. The port is building the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project in partnership with Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals. It will … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids in Nepal…School Microgrid in Sonoma County..Microgrid Investment in the Azores

Solar microgrids are bringing reliable power to three remote villages in Nepal, a country where nearly a quarter of the population has no access to electricity. With a combined capacity of 35 kW and battery storage, the solar microgrids installed in the Okhaldhunga and Khotang districts will provide round-the-clock power to some 540 people, … [Read more...]

Why HP Hood Installed a 15-MW Industrial Microgrid: Hint. Milk Sours.

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No one likes power outages. But dairy manufacturers really don't like them. And it's easy to see why. If the power goes out for even just a moment, the dairy plant may have to shut down for 6 to 12-hours. How can such a short blip have such a big impact? It comes down to food safety requirements, explained Dennis McNutt, HP Hood utility … [Read more...]

Is the Future No-Money Down Microgrids?

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Solar energy took off when it came up with a way for customers to buy-in with no upfront costs. Will no-money down microgrids capture the same kind of mass market appeal? Schneider Electric, a major player in the microgrid space, thinks so. The Massachusetts-based company is modeling the approach with a microgrid to be installed at its new … [Read more...]

Transportable Microgrids for the Military and Other Quick Microgrid News

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The National  Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) reports that is researching a transportable microgrid  with the help of other federal labs, the military, Tesla, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory and Distributed Utility Associates. This transportable microgrid, which includes energy storage, is being designed for use at military bases. The goal is to … [Read more...]