Australian State to issue $15.8M Microgrid RFP and Opportunities from NREL and USTDA

Victoria, Australia plans microgrid RFP

The government of Victoria, Australia, says it will issue a microgrid RFP that offers $15.8 million over four years for demonstration projects that use renewable energy, energy storage and demand management technologies.

The state plans to seek expressions of interest in May or June, and will followup with a request for proposals. The microgrid RFP will seek projects that cover different locations, building types, scale and business models and will capture lessons learned that will be shared.

Victoria hopes to finds ways to lower energy costs for utilities and energy consumers, create new products, services and jobs, and produce more reliable power with reduced emissions to support a low carbon economy.

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Work underway at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility

NREL seeks microgrid controller for Golden, Colorado facility

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking a microgrid controller for its permanent microgrid testbed at the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado.

Responses are due June 2 to a request for letters of interest (RLOI), a required precursor to participating in an RFP that the federal research lab expects to issue in October.

To be eligible, companies must have at least one commercially-available microgrid controller that they’ve installed in at least one location. Or alternatively, they must be nominated for the competition by a recognized business incubator, investment accelerator firm, utility or other established US company. Domestic and foreign entities can participate.

Applicants are not restricted to any particular controller architecture or application. However, NREL says it will give preference to controllers that:

  • Meet the functionality needs of a research testbed
  • Offer configurability by the user, ideally open source programming provisions
  • Operate in a flexible/open standards/protocols environment where all communication protocols and methods may not be defined at the time of installation and commissioning
  • Accommodate large, complex microgrids that can operate in islanded and grid-tied modes, yet flexible enough to control smaller microgrids in a cyber secure environment.
USTDA funds study for Nigerian microgrids

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is funding a feasibility study for 25 solar microgrids in Nigeria, which are expected to produce more than 5 MW in total.

The funding went to Nigerian company, Community Social Enterprises, which selected Renewvia Energy, an Atlanta, Ga. company,  to conduct the feasibility study. The project presents opportunities for U.S. businesses to make sales in solar PV modules, batteries, electrical equipment, control systems and meters across Nigeria, according to the USTDA.

The microgrids will use pay-as-you-go mobile payment systems in rural and peri-urban communities that lack reliable electricity. The aim is to provide consistent, reliable power at a lower price than diesel generators.

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Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.

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