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...]

Bloom Energy Sues Santa Clara Again for Blocking Fuel Cells

Santa Clara, California, is effectively banning fuel cells to protect its municipal utility from competition, according to a suit filed by Bloom Energy, a fuel cell company. “The city has refused to process the pending applications by deeming them incomplete and demanding that Bloom instead pursue discretionary use permits as required for … [Read more...]

What Do Customers Want from Microgrids?

Customers generally are looking for three things from microgrids: resiliency, cost savings and sustainability. After the Texas storm in February that crippled the state’s power system, potential customers became more aware of microgrids’ ability to operate through power outages. They also became more attuned to the problems associated with … [Read more...]

Understanding Microgrid Project and Operational Requirements

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This second article in the series outlines Step 1: Understanding the Microgrid Project and Operational … [Read more...]

How Rural Electric Cooperatives Can Power Through California Outages with Microgrids

Rural electric cooperatives often don’t own their own power resources and usually rely on other utilities’ lines for importing power, which can create challenges during public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) or grid outages. Microgrids can help solve these problems. Take, for example, Anza Electric Cooperative, which is located in a high … [Read more...]