Solar microgrids to electrify 80 new communities in India

Armed with $6 million in new debt financing, Husk Power Systems announced last week that it will begin electrifying 80 new communities in India with solar microgrids. This new project will deliver reliable power to nearly 10,000 new customers and benefit about 60,000 people. The company already has roughly 150 community microgrid systems … [Read more...]

With policy changes, community resilience programs could make the most of microgrids

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has created a $170 million Community Energy Resilience investment program that will fund microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) — which is good news — but some say policy changes are needed to make the most of the program. “One of the perennial challenges has been a lack of structures … [Read more...]

Horizon Power announces DERMS rollout for 34 microgrids

Horizon Power plans to launch distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) technology across its microgrids in Western Australia to ease the integration of customer- and utility-owned distributed energy resources. The regional utility first demonstrated what it calls the microgrid of the future in Onslow, a remote coastal community of … [Read more...]

Economic trends converge to make microgrids more attractive

Demand for microgrids is accelerating as a convergence of industry, government and economic trends work in the technology's favor, according to industry experts recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. These price-dampening trends come at a fortuitous time, given the impact of inflation and supply chain disruptions on the wider energy … [Read more...]

Parker Village would keep energy wealth circulating within a Detroit-area community

Juan Shannon returned to his hometown, Highland Park, Michigan, to move his entertainment business but soon found himself pursuing an even bigger plan: a village where low-income residents get a stake in clean, local energy. Highland Park, which covers three square miles close to Detroit, ranks in the 94th percentile for low-income status in … [Read more...]

University to install unique microgrid and community solar combination in Washington, D.C.

A new microgrid being built by Scale Microgrid Solutions and Urban Ingenuity will accomplish the unusual feat of serving its host — a Washington, D.C., university for deaf and hard of hearing students — and powering a community solar program. The microgrid will be capable of providing Gallaudet University, which has about 1,400 students, … [Read more...]

A microgrid that you can fit in your golf bag

Energy flexibility is the new, new thing. And all microgrids offer it to some degree. But a small Brooklyn, NY, solar firm brings a whole new meaning to the term. Imagine fitting 1.3 kW of solar energy in a golf bag and it’s so light you can carry it around for use where you need it. That’s one of the value propositions that Pvilion is … [Read more...]

Tribes win federal funding as they enhance energy security and pursue microgrids

Tribal communities across the United States are looking to enhance their energy security and resilience through microgrids. In California, for example, the Blue Lake Rancheria's tribal council began developing its microgrid in 2011 in an effort to support its community during extreme emergencies. The resilience provided by that tribal microgrid has … [Read more...]

Alpine projects help climb the microgrid mountain

Six microgrids are being developed across European alpine states as part of a program designed to foster local energy grids. The microgrids are being constructed under the ALPGRIDS project, which focuses on creating support for microgrids and a wider understanding of their benefits. Building on six existing pilot sites in five countries, the … [Read more...]

The agonizing issue that no one cares about: Interconnection

Charlotte Mitchell, chairman of the North Carolina Utilities Commission, expressed relief when — at last — folks started to trickle into a talk on interconnection that she moderated yesterday at a national gathering of utility regulators in Washington, DC. Mitchell's worry — that the audience would be sparse — was understandable. The “I” … [Read more...]