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Why you should use AI to optimize your solar and storage system design

A new white paper from Veritone outlines how artificial intelligence optimized a commercial-scale solar and storage system to help one business save money, go green and reduce uncertainty. The aftermath of 2021's Winter Storm Uri was devastating to residents and businesses alike — even more so when the energy bills for that month came due. … [Read more...]

Look to the rooftop for the real show at this Manhattan convention center

New York's Javits Center attracts some big-name shows, among them NYC Comic Con. However, an even more impressive — but lesser known — act is happening on its rooftop. There you'll find what the convention center describes as the largest rooftop solar array in Manhattan, which is part of a 13-MW microgrid. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul drew … [Read more...]

Major North American food producer to exit the California grid

More of our food is about to come from microgrid power. California’s Taylor Farms, a major North American fresh food producer, is building a microgrid in partnership with Bloom Energy, Ameresco and Concept Clean Energy. The microgrid will be designed to power an entire 450,000 square facility, so that it eventually can operate with no tie to the … [Read more...]

Creating a clear path to smarter energy

Dan Nordloh, senior vice president and general manager at EnTech Solutions, outlines four steps businesses can take to reach their energy goals and become smarter energy users. The energy landscape in the USA is becoming more complicated. Fuel prices can be unpredictable. Access to substantial oil and gas is dependent on resources and … [Read more...]

13 new solar plus storage microgrids bring relief to Lebanon

The power situation in Lebanon is grim. A weak and inefficient power grid, rising fuel prices and the devaluation of the country's currency are the primary culprits in a perfect storm that's deepened Lebanon's economic and electricity crisis this year. Crippling rolling blackouts, which leave residents and businesses with as little as two … [Read more...]

Coal country goes renewable with microgrid project at industrial site

West Virginia, one of the largest coal-producing states in the US, is going green with a microgrid-powered industrial site that will use renewable energy. Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) Renewables has been granted approval from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to purchase 2,000 acres of land in Ravenswood to develop the … [Read more...]

How AI-powered DERMS can build and optimize a smart grid

A new white paper from Veritone explores the role that artificial intelligence (AI) and DERMS can play in building and optimizing a smart grid. As the country works to decarbonize the grid through the integration of renewable technologies such as wind, solar and even electric vehicles, there is still a major hurdle to overcome. The current … [Read more...]

Using AI to Optimize Commercial-Scale Solar and Storage Design

When Winter Storm Uri hit Texas in February 2021, many businesses received unprecedented electricity bills, thanks to a spike in prices. A battery energy storage system (BESS) could have helped mitigate some of those costs, but designing one isn't easy. It requires analysis of both historic and predicted future data points including utility rates, … [Read more...]

What does your utility think of microgrids?

Businesses, communities and institutions often wonder how their electric utility will respond if they decide to put in a microgrid. The answer is an aggravating, “It depends.” Of the more than 3,000 utilities that provide electric power in the US, some embrace microgrids and some don’t. Those that do, use various business models. Allan … [Read more...]

Military microgrids to the rescue in California and New Mexico

The US Army, Navy and Marine Corps have made big microgrid commitments in recent months. In February, the Army announced it would build a microgrid at each of its bases worldwide by 2035. In May, the Navy and Marine Corps made similar commitments. So it's not surprising that military microgrid projects are making the news. In San Diego, there … [Read more...]