The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities

How can microgrids help marginalized communities move forward? Schneider Electric's Don Wingate offers insight and explains steps community leaders can take now in a Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge. What makes microgrids uniquely suited to help empower marginalized communities? The core of the issue is the fact that economically … [Read more...]

It Takes a Village to Build a Microgrid, and the Village Needs a ‘Mayor’

S&C Electric’s Erik Svanholm explores the human element of building a microgrid, and what goes into advanced microgrid design.  Much has been written about the vast technical progress in advanced microgrid design and the avenues to finance these critical systems. Understanding the complexities of design and finance is critical to a … [Read more...]

What are Connected Communities? And Why are they the Future?

Someday soon, you might live in a building that is connected to others in a way that helps reduce your utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions, write Victor Olgyay and Seth Coan of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Here they explain the emergence of connected communities. Looking out your window you might see another building. … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Covid-19 Impact on Universities: Microgrids for Resilience, Cost Savings & Sustainability

Bill Kipnis, of the Siemens Building Performance & Sustainability Division, explores how university microgrids can ramp up resilience, cost savings and sustainability — all crucially important in navigating the COVID-19 impact on these institutions.  I recently moderated a higher education panel at Microgrid Knowledge’s Virtual Microgrid … [Read more...]

Sustaining the Future of Indoor Vertical Farming with Microgrids

Schneider Electric's Don Wingate discusses how microgrids can help the indoor vertical farming movement realize its full potential.  While indoor agriculture has steadily gained traction in recent years as the world seeks alternative ways to feed growing populations, the uncertainty of today’s global pandemic has accelerated a rethinking of … [Read more...]

What Trends are Driving Growth for the Microgrid Market?

John Hostetter, Ameresco senior engineering & technology development lead, sits down with Microgrid Knowledge to share his views on what's driving the microgrid market and the sectors and regions seeing the most activity. How would you characterize the microgrid market now versus where it was last year? What changes have you … [Read more...]

Among the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Many Lessons for Businesses is a Greater Need for Energy Resilience

Matt Cinadr, Veolia principal engineer, project development, walks readers through a series of business lessons from the coronavirus that highlight the importance of energy resiliency in today's climate.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide businesses profound insight about how quickly their fortunes can change, and how they can be … [Read more...]

How Will Delay Related to Covid-19 Affect California Microgrid Legislation?

Vote Solar predicted 2020 “was going to be the year of the microgrid” in the California legislature. Then COVID-19 hit. What seemed to be the turning point for microgrids in a state ravaged by extensive wildfires for the last three years is now stalling due to shortened legislative sessions. Most legislation stalls, may return in 2021 How can … [Read more...]

Installation Completed of Record-size Hybrid Microgrid at Australia Mine

Sophie Vorrath of Renew Economy reports on the completion of the largest hybrid microgrid in Australia. A groundbreaking 56-MW solar, wind and battery project built to power a gold mine in remote Western Australia has been completed, marking the largest hybrid microgrid of its kind in Australia and the first in the country to use wind-generated … [Read more...]

How Hospital Microgrids can Solve Energy Challenges

Adam Dutka, vice president sales – healthcare, at PowerSecure, delves into how hospital microgrids can solve energy challenges in these critical institutions, especially in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.  Recent horrific events in our nation’s history taught us many things, none the least of which is an enhanced need for preparedness. … [Read more...]