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Ameresco’s Parris Island Military Microgrid Goes Live

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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

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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...]

Military Microgrids: Four Examples of Innovation

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

How Cities and the Military Can Join Forces to Improve Resilience, Add Microgrids

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In an iconic photo from last August's Hurricane Harvey, a national guardsman in near waist-high flood waters carries a woman to safety on his back. The photo depicts a common thread found in disaster rescue – the military are called. So it makes sense that today’s movement to improve urban resilience – and add microgrids – looks to the … [Read more...]

The Commercial and Industrial Microgrid: A Growing Number of Corporations Going Green

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Corporations install microgrids to achieve the dual goals of reducing costs and greening their operations, as explained in the fifth post from our series on clean energy microgrids. Here we focus on the commercial and industrial microgrid. A growing number of corporations are going green. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, nearly … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Increase Resiliency for Mission Critical Operations

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This is the fourth post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on military microgrids and how this clean energy option can increase resiliency for mission critical operations. Mission critical is a phrase almost synonymous with military operations, and in an increasingly electrified world, critical missions cannot be accomplished … [Read more...]

The University Microgrid: Why Clean Energy and Campuses are a Good Fit

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This is the third post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on the university microgrid and why clean energy and campuses are a natural fit.  Colleges and universities were among the first institutions to embrace microgrids — and that’s not surprising considering how well the technology is suited to campuses. There are now university … [Read more...]