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...]

Guess Which North American Microgrid Market is Growing Fastest?

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The fastest-growing North American microgrid market surprised even the Navigant researchers who uncovered it in a report, “Market Data: Microgrids.” Public utilities took the prize, growing at 45.2 percent, which is the compounded annual growth rate of annual deployments between 2015 and 2024. “For North America, the biggest surprise over the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Rebuilding Continues as Haiti Struggles to Recover from Hurricane Matthew

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Microgrid rebuilding continues in Haiti as the nation struggles to emerge from the rubble left from Hurricane Matthew’s devastating blow October 4. The Virginia-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is mounting an effort to repair a microgrid in Coteaux pummeled by Hurricane Matthew, leaving the 1,200 co-op members it … [Read more...]

CleanSpark to Offer Residential Microgrids…Sunrun & LG Pair…Singapore Deploys 1st of 4 Hybrid Microgrids

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CleanSpark expands to residential microgrids CleanSpark is expanding its presence in the microgrid market to include technology agnostic residential microgrids. The subsidiary of Stratean is adding the residential package onto its existing offerings in the commercial and military marketplaces. "Combining solar installation and energy storage … [Read more...]

Sharing Alaska’s Microgrid Expertise Across Borders

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The Atlantic Council's Penny Gage describes Alaska's microgrid expertise and explains how it can be shared nationally and internationally. There is a stark divide between rural and urban Alaska, with 41 percent of the state’s residents residing in the city of Anchorage. Most communities are located off the road system, accessible only by … [Read more...]