S&C Electric and IPERC Announce Merger

Two significant players in the microgrid industry, S&C Electric and IPERC (Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) today announced that they will merge. Chicago-based S&C, a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems, is acquiring New York-based IPERC, an industry leader in cybersecure, intelligent … [Read more...]

Microgrids New Potential

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The U.S. Department of Energy defines a microgrid as “a localized grouping of distributed electricity sources, loads, and storage mechanisms which can operate both as part of the central grid or independently as an island.” Microgrids themselves are hardly a new concept. Some of the earliest forms of microgrids have been in use for decades. … [Read more...]

Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better

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It’s a surprise to many when they learn that their grid-connected solar panels can _not_ keep the lights on during a power outage. This was a lesson the Northeast US learned the hard way during Sandy, the 2012 superstorm that knocked out power to 8 million people. Two weeks or more without electricity, solar panel owners were venting to the … [Read more...]

When Solar+Energy Storage Makes Dollars and Sense

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S&C Electric's Troy Miller explains how solar+energy storage is generating revenue at a project S&C recently completed in Minster, Ohio. S&C generated media attention recently for its completion of one of Ohio’s largest energy-storage projects, in Minster, Ohio. I’d like to explain why this project is so important. It would be … [Read more...]

Top 10 Trending Microgrid Articles for First Half of 2016

What's been catching the interest of Microgrid Knowledge readers? First and foremost, they want to know what a microgrid costs. Our interview on the subject with experts from ABB, Hitachi, S&C Electric, and Siemens is the top trending microgrid article for the first six months of 2016. Check out the list below for the ten most read microgrid … [Read more...]

LG Chem Supplies Batteries for Large S&C Electric Project in Ohio

S&C Electric has commissioned a 7 MW/3 MWh LG Chem battery system for its Minster, Ohio project, one of the largest solar plus storage operations of its kind in the US. The advanced project, which includes a 4.2 MW solar installation, is designed to create multiple revenue streams for owner Half  Moon Ventures (HMV) and the municipal utility … [Read more...]

S&C Electric Completes One of Ohio’s Largest Energy Storage Systems

S&C Electric has completed one of the largest energy storage systems in Ohio, a 7-MW project for the Village of Minster, which will tap into four unique revenue streams to offset costs and earn a return on investment. Built in conjunction with Half Moon Ventures (HMV) and the local municipal utility, the project demonstrates the favorable … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost?

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When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication. Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.” So there is no quick and simple … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Quickly Becoming a Capital-Deferment Tool

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S&C Electric's Mike Edmonds explains how energy storage offers an opportunity for utilities to defer capital expenses. Utilities are deploying a variety of new technologies to improve their bottom lines. Distribution automation, for example, is helping reduce costs through greater efficiency, reduced truck rolls, and other benefits. … [Read more...]

More Utility Microgrids and Other Predictions for Utilities in 2016

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More utility microgrids -- beyond universities and military bases -- are among the 2016 predictions by S&C Electric's Wanda Reder. EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has an interesting story to tell. It has many, in fact. In July 2012, citing just one example, the Chattanooga region experienced one of its largest-ever storms, causing power … [Read more...]