Microgrid Future: Has Elon Musk Figured Out How to Make Kilowatts into Eye Candy?

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The news from Elon Musk late last week was that Tesla/Solar City will offer solar glass roofs. But his subtext was even more interesting. Beauty – and utility partnerships – will drive a microgrid future. Musk is taking heat for not providing enough engineering or pricing details during Friday’s announcement. True.  But what Musk did do, in his … [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...]

New York Unveils New Way to Price Distributed Energy Resources

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New York energy advisors unveiled a new, more granular way to price distributed energy resources and transition away from net metering, in a proposal released yesterday. The report, issued by the Department of Public Services staff, said that current pricing methods fail to take into account the full value of distributed energy. State … [Read more...]

Residential Microgrids for the Masses?

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Residential microgrids will be attractive to the masses in the form of standardized battery-plus-solar PV systems, says Suleman Khan, co-founder and managing partner of Swell Energy. In the past, homeowners—and those who sell clean energy to them—were going about it all wrong, often installing oversized solar systems without batteries, … [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...]

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...]

From Home Microgrid to Virtual Power Plant in Rural Vermont

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A new low-income community in rural Vermont demonstrates that the home microgrid is not just for the wealthy. The Clean Energy Group worked with local utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) and other partners to bring the systems -- solar plus storage with microgrid controls -- to 14 modular homes in Addison County. It may be the only modular … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

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Military microgrids advance at Otis AFB and MCAS Miramar High ranking military and government officials were scheduled to gather today to see the latest plans for a military microgrid at the Otis Air National Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The leadership summit, held at the military base in Bourne, is a step in making the project a showcase … [Read more...]

Microgrid Resources Coalition Urges Regulators to Value Energy Service, Not Source

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The Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) is urging regulators to focus on energy services, not sources, as they set tariffs and pricing for an increasingly distributed U.S. grid. The advocacy organization is taking this message to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), as well as various states where fast-growing … [Read more...]

Feds Consider Microgrid in Upgrade of Washington, D.C. Energy Backbone

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The U.S. government says it will consider installing a microgrid as part of a massive energy upgrade planned for a large block of buildings in Washington, D.C. The General Services Administration issued a request for information (RFI) Friday in the first step to upgrade the 81-year-old district energy network and younger combined heat and power … [Read more...]