Temecula Valley Schools to Issue Microgrid RFP

California’s Temecula Valley Unified School District is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) this week for two solar and storage microgrids, according to Sage Energy Consulting. The district, which provides public education in Riverside County, plans to install one of the microgrids at a new elementary/middle school being developed in … [Read more...]

Schneider Launches California Energy Action Program

Underscoring how much California has become an epicenter of microgrid development, one of the industry’s leading players, Schneider Electric, this week announced a California Energy Action Program. Schneider unveiled the plan in conjunction with the official launch of GreenStruxure, a new company that focuses on microgrids for medium-size … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Selects Winner in School Microgrid RFP

The Santa Barbara, California, school district has agreed to move forward with contracting for 14 solar facilities, including six solar microgrids with Engie Services US. The Santa Barbara Unified School District board is slated to vote on a 28-year power purchase agreement with Engie at a November meeting, Steve Vizzolini, the school … [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...]

PXiSE, Toshiba Form Alliance Targeting Japanese Microgrid Market

PXiSE Energy Solutions and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions have formed an alliance to develop microgrids, with an initial focus on Japan and growing to the global market. Mitsui & Co., a Japanese company and a PXiSE investor, will also participate in the venture, the companies said Sept. 23. PXiSE, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, … [Read more...]

Wildfire Smoke Clouds Solar Panels in California Microgrids. Can Fuel Cells Help?

Because some California microgrids aren’t producing enough solar energy due to smoke from wildfires, one microgrid developer is installing fuel cells as back up. AJ Perkins, president of Instant On, said that 25% of his microgrids in the Bay Area — which has been hit hard by wildfires — aren’t producing much solar because smoke is blocking … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]

Direct Current Microgrids to Power Europe’s Green Ambitions

A new European project, TIGON, will develop technology and demonstrate how direct current (DC) microgrids can help the European Union’s (EU) electricity grids become greener, more efficient and resilient. The project involves 15 partners from eight different European Member States. The EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is … [Read more...]

Ameresco and Duke to Build Unusual Floating Solar Microgrid at World’s Largest Military Base

Ameresco, Duke Energy and the military are combining forces to create a unique project at Fort Bragg in North Carolina — a floating solar microgrid.  Floating solar projects — solar panels installed on buoyant structures in a body of water — have been gradually emerging worldwide over the last decade. The technology is still relatively rare … [Read more...]

Multi-Customer Microgrids: Rare, Difficult and the Future

When the switch is flipped on the Redwood Coast Airport Renewable Energy Microgrid, it will become the first multi-customer microgrid in Northern California and one of only a handful active in the US.  This inventive project aims to be a model for creating resilient communities, but should it be successful some of its more innovative … [Read more...]