Off-Grid Microgrid in Maldives Performs 50% Better than Expected

An off-grid microgrid in the Maldives is performing 50 percent better than developer Electro Power Systems (EPS) expected when it commissioned the project at a resort in October 2016. The 4.1 MW microgrid is the second installed by the French technology company in the Indian Ocean islands. Using solar plus storage, the off-grid microgrid cut … [Read more...]

What, No Opposition? The Latest on Duke’s Unusual Mount Sterling Microgrid

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You won’t see this often. North Carolina regulators have canceled a hearing on an energy project – Duke Energy’s Mount Sterling microgrid – because no one had anything bad to say about it. Energy projects are notoriously galvanizing. Even small rooftop solar projects sometimes get kicked to the curb by someone who doesn’t like the looks of them. … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Features Aquion Battery at South African Luxury Camp

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A new solar plus storage microgrid will bring clean energy to a South African nature resort with the help of a salt water battery system by Aquion Energy. Located in Kruger National Park, the luxury nature lodge is reducing its reliance on diesel generation with the help of Aquion’s Aspen batteries. The Aspen battery uses an environmentally … [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...]

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...]

Play a Game to Design a Rural Microgrid

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In developing countries, a major challenge to the success of a rural microgrid is gathering enough information about the community and its needs. To overcome this hurdle, Energy Action Partners has created a game—now in the testing phase. Called The Minigrid Game, it works by bringing together potential microgrid users, developers and … [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 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...]

SolarCity Completes Remote Microgrid 4,000 Miles off US West Coast

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A remote microgrid can play a crucial role on a far-flung island, as SolarCity shows today in unveiling a completed project 4,000 miles off the U.S. West Coast. The company installed a solar microgrid on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa. The microgrid’s “benefits are life changing for residents,” says Peter Rive, cofounder and chief … [Read more...]

Improving the Scenery: Why Duke’s Solar Microgrid is a Very Unusual Energy Project

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While many energy projects run into opposition for marring pristine vistas, Duke Energy last week proposed a solar microgrid that does the opposite. It improves the view. After installing the Mount Sterling solar microgrid, Duke will be able to take down miles of wire and poles running through a remote mountain region in North Carolina's … [Read more...]