Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

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The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation … [Read more...]

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Microgrids

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John Shenot, of the Regulatory Assistance Project, explains why wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids are becoming attractive to planners focused on resilience. Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning … [Read more...]

Renewables and Microgrids and Nothing Else: Crazy or Maybe?

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Renewables and microgrids are natural companions on the electric grid. Could the day come when we have a grid of all microgrids run on 100 percent renewables? For most advanced economies the idea of no centralized grid and no fossil fuels is at best far in the future. But all audacious goals begin one step at a time. And such is the case for a … [Read more...]

Solar, Storage and Controls All in One Talking “Personal Energy” Unit

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Solar, storage and controls are all wrapped into SolPad “personal energy” units soon to be available from SolPad, a startup company that says its units are modular, easy to install and priced lower than the competition. "The total installed cost for the SolPad Home is up to 50 percent lower than any incumbent, like Tesla's Powerwall,"  said … [Read more...]

Australia Launches Digital Energy Exchange for Rooftop Solar and Storage

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Sophie Vorrath, of One Step Off the Grid, describes a new government-backed digital energy exchange that allows trading of local solar and storage in Australia. The Australian energy market is set for a major shake-up with the launch of a major new government-backed initiative to create an open marketplace for locally generated and stored … [Read more...]

From a Hybrid Microgrid in Tasmania to Neighborhood Batteries in Denver…Quick News

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Tasmanian island models hybrid microgrid for Australia A model hybrid microgrid in Tasmania is scheduled to begin operating this quarter, according to Electro Power Systems, which developed the project with Toshiba for Hydro Tasmania. The 3-MW, solar plus storage microgrid is part of the 'Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub,' designed to wean … [Read more...]

Microgrid Testing Now Large Focus at Smart Grid Labs

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Microgrid testing has become a large focus at smart grid research labs, according to survey results recently released by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). SGIP, a non-profit consortium of energy-related stakeholders, found that more than half of the labs surveyed now have microgrid test beds. In its second year, the 2016 North … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

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In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]