African Campus Gets New Life with Microgrid Powered by Batteries and Solar Panels

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Girls in Malawi, Africa now have a chance to get a good education thanks to a new microgrid. A solar array, capable of producing 6.6 kW during peak, will electrify the school campus, providing the lights and the energy to run computers, printers and TV screens. The “Sokola” school campus is in a mountainous area in Chitipa, Northern Malawi and it … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Examines the Feasibility of Microgrid Projects

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Massachusetts continues to move forward evaluating the feasibility of 14 potential microgrids, all part of the state’s consideration into whether it will go totally green by 2035 while also phasing out fossil fuel usage by 2045.  "We love all the projects equally," says Ariel Horowitz, director of technology development and the one who … [Read more...]

Opportunity Zones May Spur Microgrid Development

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Opportunity zones, created in the US as part of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, are making a splash among green energy and microgrid investors. “Opportunity zones create tax incentives for investors in real estate, businesses and assets in areas that might not otherwise draw investment,” says John Beidle, chief executive of New Energy … [Read more...]

Maine Enacts Beneficial Electrification Law; State to Issue RFP for Pilot Projects

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Maine's governor has signed into law a bill that boosts beneficial electrification -- the electrification of technologies that would otherwise use fossil fuels — in an effort to improve efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut consumer costs.  Electrification of transportation and buildings is seen as a driver for microgrids, since it … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Acquires a Portfolio of Distributed Fuel Cell Projects From Bloom Energy

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It’s the type of alliance that may be a harbinger of things to come in the energy sector: Duke Energy is acquiring a portfolio of projects from Bloom Energy that use fuel cells  — all part of Duke's efforts to provide on-site generation with microgrids to customers with critical loads. As both companies explained during interviews, the … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy is Bullish on its New Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell

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Microgrids often rely on solar-plus-batteries, combined heat and power, or back-up generators that run on diesel fuel or natural gas. But Bloom Energy says that it has just finished the engineering and testing for a “server” that uses renewable hydrogen produced by excess renewables that keeps electricity flowing. “On a sunny day, when the … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources to Grow 15.9% CAGR

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Basic economics, local electricity prices and government incentives are driving the growth of distributed energy resources, including microgrids and solar-plus-storage, at a rapid clip, according to new findings by Navigant Research. On site power generation, battery storage and microgrids have emerged as a way to to increase the use of … [Read more...]

Texas Utility Commission to Take Up Utility Ownership of Storage Assets

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The Texas Public Utility Commission is expected to address a lingering question this summer: Are utilities permitted to own battery storage to provide reliability solutions — if the competitive market there is unable to do so? The microgrid industry sits on both sides of the issue. One group is saying that utilities won’t develop microgrids … [Read more...]

Newly Opened, JFK’s TWA Hotel is Always Grid Independent

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The irony could not be any more conspicuous: the vintage Trans World Airline, known as TWA, ceased to exist nearly two decades ago. But a new hotel and conference center has formed around what had been the TWA terminal at New York’s JFK Airport — one that focuses on ultra modern energy technologies: a microgrid, on site electric generation and … [Read more...]

Microgrids May Make Sense. But How do you Pay for Them?

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This is the latest in a series of articles that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at issues surrounding microgrid financing. As businesses and enterprises explore microgrid financing, they find themselves grappling with several questions. What are the project's key goals: Resiliency, sustainability or … [Read more...]