Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Presses Ahead on Microgrids

Cuyahoga County continues to move ahead with plans to create an electric utility to support microgrid development in northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Council is set to review the legal issues surrounding plans to develop microgrids at a July 20 meeting, according to Mike Foley, director of the county’s sustainability department. Earlier … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Brings Indoor Farm Microgrid Online

Scale Microgrid Solutions brought a 1.75-MW microgrid online for a major indoor farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scale Microgrid’s modular microgrid for Fifth Season, a startup indoor farming company, uses 160 kW of photovoltaic solar panels, 200 kW of lithium ion batteries and a 1,200-kW natural gas generator outfitted with advanced … [Read more...]

California Regulators Waive Key Standby Charges for Eligible Microgrids

In a win for microgrid developers, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday suspended a key component of standby charges for eligible microgrids. The July 15 decision to suspend capacity reservation charges is part of the CPUC’s multiphase effort to spur the commercial development of microgrids, with the upcoming phase … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Hotel to Set Up Microgrid with Heila Technologies Controller

The owners of a Marriott hotel in Costa Rica are installing a microgrid in a first for the Marriott chain in Latin America. The solar plus storage microgrid at the Costa Rica Marriott Hacienda Belén will use control and optimization software made by Heila Technologies, the companies said July 13. The project includes 250 kW of solar, a … [Read more...]

CleanSpark Microgrid Cuts Customer Costs 80%

A recently commissioned solar-plus-storage microgrid in San Diego, California, reduced its host’s electricity bill by about 80% in its first month of operation, according to CleanSpark, one of the project’s partners. The microgrid was designed for WS Display/San Diego Sign to provide economic optimization and cleaner energy, as well as cut … [Read more...]

Think a Land War in Asia is Hard? Try Developing This Microgrid, a First Ever for California and Model for Elsewhere

After scaling multiple development feats, the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid — California’s first 100% renewable, front-of-the-meter microgrid — has begun construction. The 2.25-MW solar-based microgrid in Humboldt County on California’s northern coast is a model for the state and the country, US Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said July 7 at … [Read more...]

San Diego Approves Deal with Shell New Energies for 8 Microgrids

Shell New Energies US will own and operate eight San Diego microgrids under a 25-year agreement approved by the San Diego, California city council. The microgrids on city facilities are set to include a total of 930 kW of solar photovoltaic systems, 2 MWh of battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, city staff said in a … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Resources for Your Microgrid

What must you consider in choosing the right resources for your microgrid? What role might renewable energy, fossil fuels, fuel cells, energy storage and electric vehicles play? What is the upside and downside of each? Microgrid Knowledge asked experts at Microgrid 2021 to weigh in on these questions in a series of interviews. Below Ethan … [Read more...]

California Utilities Oppose Plan to Waive Standby Fees for Microgrids

California utilities are opposing a proposal to lift a major component of standby charges for microgrids that meet certain air emissions standards, saying it would illegally shift costs from one group of customers to another. Meanwhile, microgrid advocates generally supported the proposal by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

California PUC Orders Clean Energy Procurement, Launches DER Rulemaking

California continues blazing a trail in the US energy transition under two decisions last week, one that requires utilities to buy 11,500 MW of emissions-free power supply and a second that launches a new regulatory proceeding focused on preparing the grid for proliferating distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles. More … [Read more...]