Utility for British Virgin Islands Seeks EPC to Build Solar and Storage Microgrid

The utility for the British Virgin Islands is prequalifying engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms as it prepares to build a 4-MW solar and storage microgrid in Paraquita Bay, Tortola. Interested companies can respond to a request for qualifications issued by British Virgin Islands Electricity. Applications are due Jan. 7, … [Read more...]

Are Second Life EV Batteries Game Changers for Microgrid Owners and the Grid?

Second life electric vehicle batteries can lower costs and provide environmental benefits to microgrid owners and utilities. But getting them up and running at a reasonable cost isn’t always easy. Here’s what happens with electric vehicle  batteries before they find new lives: They’re generally retired after about 10 years, leaving up to … [Read more...]

Five Considerations for Designing DERs with Increased Energy Autonomy

Lauren Flanagan, executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, discusses key considerations that simplify the process of designing distributed energy resources (DERs) that create energy autonomy. Distributed energy resources (DERs) are significantly changing the way energy is produced, stored and distributed. Ideally, they are mobile and … [Read more...]

Japanese Energy Tech Conglomerate Acquires PXiSE

Japanese energy tech conglomerate Yokogawa Electric has acquired PXiSE Energy Solutions, a key player in the microgrid sphere, based in San Diego, California. Before the acquisition, PXiSE had been operating as an affiliate of San Diego Gas & Electric, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. PXiSE is best known for its microgrid controller and … [Read more...]

Going Big on Renewable Natural Gas for Microgrids

Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is emerging as a new frontier for microgrids and a way to resolve one of the industry’s core dilemmas. How can it assure the lights stay on without relying on fossil fuels?   Business models are just beginning to emerge for renewable fuel microgrids. And Texas-based Enchanted Rock is one of the companies early … [Read more...]

Navigating the California Microgrid Market Town by Town

Erik Svanholm, vice president of non-wires alternatives at S&C Electric, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge’s Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss the vibrant California microgrid market and some of the challenges the state faces. https://vimeo.com/618542532 California communities, utilities, regulators and legislators all have a very … [Read more...]

FPL Builds Third New Microgrid This Year

As Florida Power and Light (FPL) builds its third microgrid this year, the FPL Evolution Hub, the company says it is learning more about microgrid technology, which could hold significant benefits for reliability during storms. The company is exploring new, and what it describes as possibly better, designs for solar, energy storage and electric … [Read more...]

Major Hurdles to the Fast and Scalable Deployment of Microgrids in the Defense and Government Marketplace

Michael Stadler, CTO, and Zach Pecenak, lead engineer at Xendee share three key elements for project success and efficiency for defense and government microgrids. Microgrids are considered to be a key element for energy security within the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal and state agencies. However, they are complex systems … [Read more...]

Linear Generators Provide Reliability During Extended Outages

Microgrids are ideal solutions for businesses and organizations looking to keep the power on, particularly in California where increased wildfire risks are leading to a growing number of public safety power shutoffs. A new white paper from Mainspring Energy compares the economic and environmental impact of four different microgrid technology … [Read more...]

Ameresco Executives Discuss Microgrid Adoption in California

Ameresco's Britta MacIntosh, senior vice president, western region and London operations, and Jacqueline DeRosa, vice president, battery energy storage systems, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss some of the factors spurring microgrid adoption in California. https://vimeo.com/618552430 Dynamic … [Read more...]