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Parris Island Microgrid, Deep Energy Retrofit Reduced Utility Energy Demand by 75%

The United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island selected Ameresco in 2015 to deploy combined heat and power (CHP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) generation assets and to integrate them with a battery energy storage system (BESS) and a microgrid control system (MCS) capable of fast load shedding. The Parris Island microgrid is explored in … [Read more...]

Ameresco’s Parris Island Military Microgrid Goes Live

Another military microgrid is now live, this one a 10-MW Ameresco project at the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. The $91 million project, which features energy efficiency and renewables, is designed to withstand storms and earthquakes. The US military was an early leader in microgrid development and … [Read more...]

Parris Island Military Microgrid Promises to Ensure Reliable, Secure Energy

A new military microgrid on Parris Island promises to ensure reliable and secure energy, as described in this sixth and final post in a Microgrid Knowledge series, "The Rise of the Clean Energy Microgrid."  Marines must be superbly trained, well equipped, bravely led and tough enough to accomplish the mission regardless of obstacles. Their … [Read more...]

Navy Sets Two-Week Off-Grid Goals for Key Installations 

In a move that could spur more military microgrid projects, the Department of Navy has adopted a resilience policy to enable key installations to go off-grid for at least two weeks by late 2025. The US Navy and Marines Corps aims to have “assured energy whenever and wherever it’s required,” according to the Installation Energy Resilience … [Read more...]

Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan 

Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids: Four Examples of Innovation

It’s not surprising that military microgrids in the US demonstrate some of the most sophisticated and innovative uses of distributed energy. After all, they are designed with national security in mind.  As such, they serve as a learning ground for microgrids developed for the civilian sector. Here we offer a look at four military microgrids … [Read more...]

New Report Highlights how Organizations are Leveraging Energy Infrastructure to Avoid Outages

Today's organizations and enterprises, especially those dealing with mission-critical facilities or emergency services, know the negative impact of power outages. Hurricanes and wildfires have "exposed vulnerabilities in our energy system," according to a new white paper from Ameresco. No longer are occasional power outages considered a … [Read more...]

History of Microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to Plug-and-Play

While it may seem that microgrids are new, the history of microgrids shows they have been around in some form for years in the US — although they haven’t always been called microgrids. The first one was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station, which combined heat and power and produced electricity and thermal … [Read more...]

Why Ameresco Focuses on Energy Resiliency for the Federal Government

Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group, talks about microgrids and energy resiliency in an interview at Microgrid 2018 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. The U.S. federal government is one of the nation's largest energy consumers, and has been a primary customer of Ameresco since the … [Read more...]