New York Offers $10 Million for Grid Modernization

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New York made more money available for grid modernization this week -- $10 million -- to create the bones of a grid that supports community microgrids and other distributed energy resources. The release came as a quick followup to a $3.5 million solicitation issued a week earlier to improve interconnection of distributed energy. The money in … [Read more...]

Spiritual Center to Offer Physical Shelter with Community Microgrid

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The Village of Wappingers Falls is in an area of New York known for its spiritual retreat centers. Now two of those centers may expand their spiritual shelter to physical shelter by way of a community microgrid. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the densely populated village is vulnerable to flooding in storms. During Hurricane Irene, … [Read more...]

NY Prize Microgrids Show Strong Return; Industry Growth Beats Forecast

Top NY Prize microgrids show promise of a strong internal rate of return (IRR), according to data released at the Microgrid Knowledge conference in New York last week. The New York State Energy & Research Development Authority is conducting an in-depth analysis of feasibility studies submitted in the first stage of the $40 million … [Read more...]

NYPA and SUNY to Build a Campus Microgrid at Gym in New Paltz

The New York Power Authority and the State University of New York (SUNY) are partnering to build a $1.37 million campus microgrid to supply power to a gym when the central grid fails. The campus microgrid will power the Elting Gymnasium, which is a designated Red Cross emergency shelter.  The system includes 217-kW of solar, most of which will … [Read more...]

Willdan Group Positions for Microgrid Growth with Acquisition of Genesys

California-based Willdan Group says that its recent decision to acquire New York-based Genesys Engineering is directly related to the microgrid growth it sees ahead. “We continue to see more activity and funding for microgrid implementation across the country,” said Thomas Brisbin, Willdan president, CEO and director, during an earnings call on … [Read more...]

Bids Due Feb. 11 for Renewable Heating and Cooling RFP in New York

Bids are due Feb. 11 in a solicitation for renewable heating and cooling analytics services issued by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The state authority seeks firms that can provide technical information, economic and technical modeling, and policy and economic analysis in the area of renewable heating and … [Read more...]

New York REV to Increase Combined Heat and Power (CHP) by 10%

New York has been a champion of combined heat and power (CHP) for many years. But now the technology -- often found in microgrids -- is getting a new boost under the state's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). REV heightens opportunity for CHP by disrupting the centralized utility model and creating a kind of  market exchange for distributed … [Read more...]

NYSERDA RFP Offers Advanced Building Funds

New York is again accepting applications for advanced building funds, the final of six solicitations that offered a total of $25 million. The state is working on improving its aging building stock. Over 80 percent of existing buildings in New York were built before the first oil embargo of 1973. New York State Energy & Research Development … [Read more...]

NY Prize Stage 1 Awards: Who, Why and What’s it Mean for Community Microgrids

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New York showed itself as the nation’s leader in community microgrid development July 8 by awarding funds for an unprecedented 83 projects through its $40 million NY Prize. No other state has made such a vigorous foray into this type of microgrid, which focuses largely on keeping critical facilities up and running in a community when the central … [Read more...]

Did Tesla Really Move the Needle on Microgrids April 30? Or Did New York?

Tesla made a big splash yesterday with its move into the microgrid business. But action the same day by New York is likely to really move the needle on microgrids. New York quietly (as least compared with Tesla) gave out the first $500,000 to kick-start five community microgrids in the state. It was the beginning of a $40 million flow of funds … [Read more...]