In Brief: Microgrids in Veterans Homes, Fluence Adds AI Company, Funding Boosts Way2H

Microgrids to power veterans homes  Instant On will build 19,000 microgrids to power veterans’ homes in a Martinsburg, West Virginia community. The project will include a 100 MW solar field and each home a microgrid/nanogrid, an microgrid controller, batteries, an EV charger and potentially fuel cells. Construction of the first 8,000 homes … [Read more...]

US DOE Opens Application Process for $65M in Connected Communities Funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for $65 million in Connected Communities funding, which support projects that show how groups of buildings combined with distributed energy resources, including microgrids, can act as grid resources. The DOE plans to select a portfolio of grid‐interactive efficient building … [Read more...]

Research Explores DC Lighting and Building Microgrids Market

A recent white paper, published by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and supported by the US Department of Energy, explores the state of direct current (DC) lighting and building microgrid market and technologies. Gabe Arnold, co-author of the paper and senior engineer at PNNL, discussed the findings with Microgrid Knowledge. What … [Read more...]

California All-Electric Vehicle Goal Leads to CleanSpark Acquisition

California’s goal to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2035 puts state agencies, public sector companies and utilities on a fast track to build supporting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. That’s why CleanSpark, a software and services company, is joining the EV charging station market with its recently acquired subsidiary, … [Read more...]

Australian Gold Mine Installs Large Renewable Microgrid

Aggreko, a provider of energy services, has completed the installation of a large renewable microgrid at Australia's Granny Smith gold mine for Gold Fields, the operator of the mine and one of the world’s largest gold miners. A combination of 7.7 MW of peak solar power and a 2 MW/1 MWh battery system, integrated with Aggreko’s existing 27 MW … [Read more...]

Generac to Buy Virtual Power Plant Company Enbala

Generac Holdings, known for its backup generators, is continuing its expansion into distributed energy markets by agreeing to buy Enbala Power Networks, a virtual power plant company that makes optimization and control software. Utilities and energy retailers use Enbala’s software to create and manage virtual power plants — aggregations of … [Read more...]

How to Reduce PG&E’s Diesel Use During Fire Emergencies and Shutoffs?

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) can help reduce Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) diesel use during California fire emergencies, but only if new incentives are implemented and DER integration systems are created. Microgrids and DERs will be most helpful, at least in the short-term, if paired with other technologies, … [Read more...]

Bundling Competitive Supply and DERs Could Reap Benefits for Texas Market

A new report from NRG explores the value of bundling competitive supply and distributed energy resources (DERs). According to NRG, Texas businesses often pursue them as two distinct energy strategies. "One approach focuses on competitive supply, which can offer low and predictable rates," says the report, while "the other encompasses … [Read more...]

97% Renewable Microgrid to Replace Fire-Vulnerable Line in California During Wildfire Season

A 97% renewable microgrid will allow Liberty Utilities to de-energize four miles of transmission line located in a remote Sierra Nevada location during wildfire season in California. The microgrid, from BoxPower and owned by Liberty Utilities, a regulated utility with about 50,000 customers on the West side of Lake Tahoe, is made up of 20 kW … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Installed for Costa Rica Factory

A new solar plus storage microgrid in Costa Rica will provide resilient power and cost savings for an international component assembly and manufacturing company that makes sensitive components for industries from robotics to telecommunications. The new microgrid will significantly reduce the costs created by power outages and other … [Read more...]