BEST Act: Could this be Energy Storage’s SunShot?

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. Tina Smith (D-Minn) introduced energy storage legislation this week that calls for a $300 million initiative to build five advanced, grid-scale systems across the country. Under the Better Energy Storage Technology Act (BEST), the Department of Energy would invest $60 million a year from 2020 through … [Read more...]

Legislation Proposes Federal Tax Credits for Microgrids in US

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Microgrids would be eligible for federal clean energy investment or production tax credits under a bill recently introduced by US Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. Wyden’s bill proposes to simplify long-term, performance-based energy tax incentives, replacing a jumble of 44 incentives that exist today. The bill strives for a technology-neutral … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Now Operating at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California

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The U.S. Marine Corps has begun operating a $1 million CleanSpark designed and built microgrid at its Camp Pendleton base near San Diego. The California-based microgrid developer won the the contract in 2017 as a sub-contractor to Bethel-Webcor JV, which is building a $70 million communication information system (CIS) operations complex at … [Read more...]

Second-Life Electric Vehicle Battery Storage Helps Power Eaton Microgrid in South Africa

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An Eaton production facility in Wadeville, South Africa is reducing its energy and operational costs beyond its expectations thanks to a microgrid that uses first and second life electric vehicle batteries. The microgrid is reducing the production facility's monthly utility bill by 40%. Improved manufacturing plant up-time and reductions in … [Read more...]

Australian Prime Minister Proposes $36M Microgrid Program

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a $36 million microgrid program to determine the feasibility of using microgrids for poorly served and remote communities across the country. An initial slate of prospective projects is emerging. The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund would help fund as many as 50 … [Read more...]

Solarcentury, Canadian Solar, Caterpillar and Tesla Energize 40,000 Off-Grid African Households and Businesses

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Developers and technology companies worldwide continue to focus on electrifying energy-poor areas of Africa. Recent example: 40,000 residents and businesses in the northeast African country of Eritrea now have reliable electricity thanks to two new minigrids. Developed by UK-based Solarcentury, the minigrids (Africa's term for microgrids) … [Read more...]

Microgrids Restore Water, Wastewater Services for Isolated Puerto Rico Communities

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New water and wastewater systems powered by solar plus storage microgrids are reviving life and livelihoods in remote areas of Puerto Rico still struggling to recover from 2017's Hurricane Maria. In hard-to-reach areas of Puerto Rico where grid power has only recently been restored, six microgrid-powered pumping systems are now up and … [Read more...]

New AC-DC Mobile Microgrid Holds Promise of More Efficient Power Distribution

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A team at the University of Calgary plans to build a mobile microgrid that promises to improve the simultaneous distribution and management of both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electricity. Three university professors are leveraging proprietary AC-DC power conversion and energy management technology to build and operate a … [Read more...]

India Utility Commissions Largest Battery Energy Storage System in South Asia

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India's Tata Power, AES and Mitsubishi recently commissioned what the project partners say is India's first, and South Asia's largest, grid-scale battery-based energy storage system (BESS) — a 10 MW-10 MWh system supplied by Fluence, a Siemens and AES company. Connected to a substation owned by Tata Power subsidiary Delhi Distribution … [Read more...]

Off-Grid Minigrids to Bring Sustainable Energy to 160,000 in Tanzania

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An ambitious project is underway to install minigrids for more than 160,000 off-grid villagers on islands in Lake Victoria. JUMEME Rural Power Supply recently launched phase one to commission by June 11 solar-hybrid minigrids for 20 villages and more than 80,000 villagers. Eleven more minigrids are slated for another 23 villages, 160,000 … [Read more...]