Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

As-a-Service Model Continues to Make Inroads with Projects from Fairbanks Morse and Younicos


The as-a-service model continues to grow in popularity for microgrids and other forms of distributed energy, most recently reflected in news from Fairbanks Morse and Younicos. As-a-service-models offer customers a way to avoid capital installation costs and pay for only energy and any related services produced by projects. The customer also is … [Read more...]

Military Tests Electric Vehicle-to-Microgrid Use at Miramar Base in San Diego


US Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego is the site of a new electric vehicle-to-microgrid-utility grid test and demonstration project. Six 15-passenger electric vans will be equipped with bidirectional, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charge/discharge capability and integrated into the air station's site-wide microgrid during the project's first … [Read more...]

Power-to-Gas in Microgrids: Competitive with Batteries?


Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas. Gregori spoke at a solar conference last week at the University of California, Riverside. Southern … [Read more...]

Why These 10 Microgrids Won Funding in California

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Ten California microgrid projects recently beat 150 others in a competition for $51.9 million in state grant money. What set them apart? The winners had to meet strict requirements, demonstrating a business case for advanced microgrids that support the state’s energy and greenhouse gas policies. That included proving that projects had commercial … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

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At the tail end of installing 15 solar plus storage microgrids across Puerto Rico -- all of the work charitable -- Sonnen and Pura Energia are providing humanitarian relief and a hint of the energy model the island could become. The latest installation, for a school in the mountain town of Orocovis, comes as over 14 percent of Puerto Ricans … [Read more...]

SunPower Completes Microgrid-Ready Project for Alabama Army Installation


Not liking to do things halfway, the U.S. Army is going all in on renewables with a 10-MW solar microgrid-ready project, now in operation at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Designed, built and operated by SunPower, the project also features  a 1 MW energy storage system. The Army pursued the energy improvement to enhance energy resilience, … [Read more...]

More Government Microgrid Funding, This Time from Ontario

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Ontario awarded US$1.97 million in microgrid funding for three projects Friday, continuing what’s been a significant round of government financial backing in North America this month. Earlier in February, California selected 10 microgrid projects to receive $51.9 million in grants, and Massachusetts announced $1.05 million in feasibility study … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Gets Biggest Boost in Years. Thank you FERC

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A recent federal ruling is likely to give energy storage its biggest boost in years, and buoy microgrids along the way, by granting storage more access to revenue from competitive wholesale electricity markets. Issued February 15 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the rule aims to eliminate barriers that prevent energy storage from … [Read more...]

DERMS Adoption in the New Energy Landscape


In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Jérome de Parscau explores distributed energy resource system (DERMS) adoption and how this is changing today's energy landscape.  With the energy landscape in the midst of a major upheaval, both consumers and distribution utilities are experiencing significant advancements in … [Read more...]