California Microgrid To Demonstrate that Hospitals Don’t Need Diesel Generators

Kaiser Permanente plans to demonstrate a range of energy innovations at a hospital microgrid in Ontario, California, including how to incorporate renewable energy and move away from diesel generators. The hospital microgrid also will feature a fuel cell and a demonstration virtual power plant (VPP) — with power provided from microgrids … [Read more...]

NJ Transit Withdraws Air Permit to Quash Concerns about Microgrid

NJ Transit withdrew the air permit applications for a 140-MW natural gas-fired power plant in an effort to quash concerns it would be included as part of a planned microgrid. Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy asked the NJ Transit’s board to withdraw the permits, saying the power plant didn’t line up with the state’s climate … [Read more...]

UK-Based Energy Cooperative Raises Financing for Solar Community Microgrids

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a UK-based community-owned energy cooperative, is in the process of raising the equivalent of $2.7 million to finance a portfolio of renewable energy projects, including solar powered community microgrids. The organization is raising funds through its seventh community share offer, with a projected 3.5% return on … [Read more...]

CleanSpark CEO Says Challenges and Drivers for 2020 Microgrid Market are “One and the Same’

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief at Microgrid Knowledge, and Zachary Bradford, CEO at CleanSpark — which has doubled in size over the past 12 months — discussed the biggest drivers and largest challenges the microgrid industry has faced this year, including a global pandemic, wildfires and intense hurricanes.  Events that drove microgrid … [Read more...]

Engine-Driven Generators Continue to Enable Application Flexibility for Microgrid Operations

Microgrids are designed to increase energy resiliency and reliability, both of which are becoming increasingly important in an era wracked by climate change and a global pandemic. A new report from Generac contends that engine-driven generators burning a variety of fossil fuels can provide last-step resiliency for the microgrid that "cannot be … [Read more...]

California Electricians Receive Training in Microgrids and Storage as Part of Climate, Equity Effort

A new training and certification program in California equips electricians with the skills needed to work with microgrids and storage, while aiming to ensure minority and disadvantaged residents benefit from the program. As part of the effort to train workers for jobs that address climate change, the California Workforce Development Board … [Read more...]

Russelectric Demonstrates EV Chargers in Microgrid and Other News from Instant On and Indian Energy

Russelectric adds EV charging stations to microgrid at headquarters The hybrid microgrid designed to power Russelectric’s Hingham Massachusetts headquarters and demonstrate new customer solutions now has two electric vehicle charging stations. These will provide additional back-up power during outages, add a new research platform, and charge … [Read more...]

Why the Luxury Home Market is Primed for Microgrids

When CleanSpark began talking to owners of luxury homes in California, it pitched microgrids as it usually did with economics as a key part of the discussion. But the company soon found that these microgrid customers, unlike most others, weren’t keenly interested in return on investment. “These are people that don't care about payback; … [Read more...]

Microgrid Planned for Public Facilities Near Aspen, Colorado 

About three miles outside of Aspen, Colorado, Holy Cross Energy, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, and Pitkin County representatives are conducting a feasibility study for a local, renewable energy microgrid.  The project would connect the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport with neighboring public facilities including Holy Cross Energy’s … [Read more...]

PowerSecure Describes the Value of Resiliency & Reliability in Today’s Energy Market

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, and Jim Smith, COO of PowerSecure, a Southern Company subsidiary, took time out at Microgrid Global 2020 to discuss how a year of hurricanes and wildfires revealed the value of energy resiliency.  Resiliency was the key topic of a recent conversation between Wood and Smith. Smith began … [Read more...]