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

resilient community microgrids

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...]

Nor’easter Arrives on Cue for Schneider’s Microgrid Announcement

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Reeling from the third nor’easter in two weeks, New England offered up the perfect backdrop for Schneider Electric to unveil a new industrial microgrid project in Massachusetts this week. The energy management and automation company plans to install the microgrid at its Foxboro manufacturing facility, located in a region where the latest storm … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Fate of Atlanta, Pittsburgh Looks to Build an Airport Microgrid

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Pittsburgh wants an airport microgrid. And developers -- a lot of them -- want to build it. The Allegheny County Airport Authority has received 64 responses to its request for expressions of interest seeking a developer to design, build, own and operate a microgrid at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The authority is considering making … [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

California microgrid projects

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...]

How Will the Solar Tariff Affect Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores how the new solar tariff will impact the microgrid industry.  On Feb. 7, the U.S. government announced that imported crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules made outside the United States will face a 30 percent tariff. The first … [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...]