Australia Issues $18.8 Million for Remote and Regional Microgrid Projects

RenewEconomy's Michael Mazengarb describes a new round of Australian microgrid funding. Twenty remote and regional microgrid projects have received a funding boost, including communities hit by the destructive bushfires, as part of a new push to boost reliability and  increase the use of renewable energy in regional Australia. A total of … [Read more...]

8 Communities Breaking New Ground with Microgrids

Not so long ago community microgrids were novel. Typically more cumbersome to build than microgrids for businesses or campuses, they were slow starters in the microgrid development race. That changed as the microgrid industry streamlined development and financing, costs dropped, and controllers and software grew in … [Read more...]

Form Energy Unveils Low-Cost, Long Duration Battery that Uses Iron and Air

Iron and air are the key ingredients in a long duration battery storage system that Form Energy — the system’s developer — contends can help make emissions-free electricity available for days at a time at a low cost. The Form Energy batteries can run for 100 hours without needing to be recharged, making them ideal for storing energy from … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Has Evolved to Benefit Businesses and Homeowners

In the latest edition of the Microgrid Knowledge Executive Interview series, Mark Feasel, president of Smart Grid North America for Schneider Electric, offers insight into new changes in microgrids for businesses and homeowners. Many people aren’t aware of just how much the microgrid industry has evolved in ways that benefit users of the … [Read more...]

How Microgrid Power Supply Studies — Done Right — Save You Money and Headaches

A new special report series by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens  shows microgrid developers how to avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This third article in the series outlines Step 2: Conducting Microgrid Power Supply Studies that Provide Real, Project-Specific Answers.  A power supply … [Read more...]

Sunrun Works with CCAs to Build Neighborhood Microgrids in Northern California 

Sunrun has taken initial steps to build on its concept of neighborhood microgrids. It signed contracts with three community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the San Francisco Bay Area designed to meet state-mandated resource adequacy requirements. As described in a March 9, 2020, Microgrid Knowledge article, San Francisco-based Sunrun has … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power the 149th Open Golf Championship

Aggreko and the R&A, one of the governing bodies of golf worldwide, delivered renewable power via microgrids at the 149th Open Championship in Sandwich, England. According to Aggreko, the microgrids provided 5% of the event’s overall power needs from solar, generators that use energy storage and hydro vegetable oil (HVO), a fossil-free … [Read more...]

Microgrids Protect Essential Water Services for California Residents During Outages

Communities can live without power, but they can’t survive without water. That’s  one of the reasons the Ventura County Public Works Agency's water and sanitation department in California is planning a microgrid at its Moorpark Water Reclamation Facility, which serves low-income residents. Microgrid provider PowerFlex is financing and … [Read more...]

PowerGen Partners with CrossBoundary Energy Access to Develop 28 Minigrids in Rural Nigeria

PowerGen, a leading distributed energy developer in Africa, has partnered with CrossBoundary Energy Access to build 28 minigrids after securing $9 million in construction financing. Although the minigrids’ technical specifications are yet to be announced, PowerGen will develop and maintain systems to provide approximately 55,000 rural … [Read more...]

Hamden, Connecticut, Plans Microgrids to Help Meet Energy Goals

Hamden, Connecticut’s city council approved an energy plan that calls for building microgrids, shifting to renewable energy and slashing overall energy use. The town in south-central Connecticut intends to build its first microgrid by 2025, with another one coming five years later, to bolster its ability to handle tough weather and be more … [Read more...]