ABB Microgrid to Integrate Wind and Solar on Aruba

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Aruba plans to install an ABB microgrid to integrate the island’s renewables, a feat accomplished by a microgrid’s controller or ‘brain.’ Microgrids are increasingly being deployed for this purpose in places, like Aruba, that are striving to make renewables a greater part of their mix. The Dutch Caribbean island wants to reduce use of … [Read more...]

Australian Microgrid Project Hits Snag Over Wind Farm Visuals

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes opposition to an Australian microgrid project because of the visual impact of its wind turbines. Plans to install a hybrid renewable energy plus battery storage microgrid at New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island, and slash its diesel fuel use, have hit a major political snag, after the federal … [Read more...]

CleanSpark Achieves Impressive Payback with Home Microgrid; Sets Stage for Expansion

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CleanSpark has completed a home microgrid with an impressive one-year payback and is now turning its attention toward commercial & industrial (C&I) microgrids. In an interview last week, Zachary Bradford, CleanSpark president, and founder Michael Firenze described the new project and the company’s plans for expansion. Located in … [Read more...]

Microgrid investment Fund, Backed by Facebook and Microsoft, Issues RFQ

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A new California-based microgrid investment fund is seeking projects to finance in India, Indonesia or Tanzania. The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) this week seeking qualified and experienced renewable energy service companies (RESCOs). MIA hopes to finance microgrid projects that: Are … [Read more...]

EPS Installs Green Microgrid for ENEL…Can U.S. Cities Go All Green?…Stem in Austin

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Paris-based EPS installs green microgrid for Enel Electro Power Systems (EPS) has completed a plug and play green microgrid for Italian utility Enel at a construction site in Chile. Powered by solar and two forms of storage, the microgrid requires no diesel energy backup, making it emissions free, according to the Paris-based microgrid … [Read more...]

ABB’s Modular Microgrid, Enel’s Disruptive Energy Tech, Mercedes Benz Home Storage

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ABB seeks partners to trial new modular microgrid ABB plans to make a modular microgrid widely available at the end of 2017 that is suited to remote communities, extreme environments and places that lack access to reliable grid power. The MGS100 is also designed for small commercial and industrial facilities with inconsistent grid supply, so … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrid Projects on the Rise; Market Attracts Tesla

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Tesla and other energy storage players see a rising market for remote microgrid projects in what’s shaping up to be an “important year of ground-laying,” says a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The companies are installing battery-based microgrids to replace diesel energy on far-flung islands or to bring clean and steady … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Microgrid Goes Live and We Ask, “Has the Industry Crossed the Chasm?”

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Two carefully-watched microgrids took big steps forward April 6. The Schneider Electric microgrid was unveiled in Massachusetts, and Duke Energy won regulatory approval for its unusual Mount Sterling project in North Carolina. The success of these projects brings good news to the young microgrid industry. But it is still not clear whether … [Read more...]

The US Air Force Foresees a Mobile Microgrid that Can be Built in an Hour

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Donna Lindner, of the US Air Force Research Laboratory, describes work under way to create a mobile microgrid that can be set up fast at forward operating bases. Today’s expeditionary military forces require steady, reliable energy sources to power worldwide missions. Diverse field environments and a move towards cost-effective, resilient … [Read more...]

Facebook and Microsoft Seed $50M Fund for Energy Access Microgrids

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Facebook and Microsoft are seeding a new $50 million investment fund to create profitable business models for energy access microgrids in areas of the world that lack electricity. Launched April 3, the Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will initially focus on projects over 5 kW in India, Indonesia and East Africa. Alexia Kelly, CEO of … [Read more...]