Partners HealthCare Turns to Fuel Cells to Improve Electric Reliability at its Massachusetts Hospitals

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Partners HealthCare, a medical network in New England, is moving forward with plans to install 4.1 MW of Bloom Energy fuel cells this year across its footprint of medical, healthcare, administrative and data center facilities in Massachusetts. "Partners intends to deploy the new systems at its corporate headquarters in Somerville, where more … [Read more...]

How Utilities Will Thrive — Eventually — with a DER-rich Grid

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In the near term, utilities need to beware. The next two years bring strong risk that customers will go off-grid with rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs) while using the utility for occasional backup, says a new report. But by 2040 the prognosis changes. Electric vehicles (EV) and electric heating -- both … [Read more...]

One of World’s Largest Miners Signs Deal to Install Hybrid Microgrid in Western Australia

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Gold Fields, one of the world's largest gold miners, plans to deploy a hybrid microgrid at a mine in Western Australia with an eye toward applying lessons learned to its other operations. The South African company has signed a deal with Aggreko, UK-based off-grid and remote power systems specialist, to design, build and operate the … [Read more...]

CrossBoundary Energy Access Raises $16 Million to Finance 190 Solar Minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa

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CrossBoundary Energy Access is investing an initial $16 million of capital to finance about 190 solar minigrids, each with a capacity of 6 kW-1 MW, across Sub-Saharan Africa. All told, the minigrids will bring electricity to nearly 34,000 off-grid, rural households and businesses -- about 70,000 people who now lack energy access, according … [Read more...]

C&I Solar Market Poised For Faster Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

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A fledgling market for commercial and industrial (C&I) solar in Sub-Saharan Africa is poised for faster growth due to high-cost and poor-quality grid power, declining solar energy costs and the rise of energy storage, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). The finding is significant to microgrids in the region … [Read more...]

CleanGrid Partners to Build a $100 Million Microgrid Portfolio in Southeast Asia

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A new force emerged in the Southeast Asia microgrid market this week with the announcement by Singapore's CleanGrid Partners that it plans to create a $100 million microgrid portfolio in the next three to four years. An estimated 125 million people in Southeast Asia lack access to reliable and affordable electricity services, making it a … [Read more...]

Toshiba to Supply its Microgrid Controller for Maldives Project

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A subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has won a contract to install its microgrid controller and energy management system in a 10-MW hybrid microgrid on the Maldives' Hithadhoo Island. Hithadhoo Island, which forms part of the Maldives' remote Addu Atoll, has its own, independent power grid. The microgrid will serve as the grid's new … [Read more...]

Duke Energy and Orlando Discussing Microgrid at Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Duke Energy Florida and the City of Orlando are discussing building a solar-plus-storage microgrid that would disconnect from the utility grid in the event of outages and provide power to the city's Iron Bridge sewage treatment plant. According to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Duke would build, own and operate the plant. Initial … [Read more...]

School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort

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A group effort by Puget Sound Energy, the city of Tenino, Wash., a nonprofit organization, and others has yielded plans for a utility-owned microgrid that can island and provide power to the Tenino School District. Under the effort, called the Tenino Innovation and Education Through Renewables (TIER) project, numerous funders are backing a … [Read more...]

Storage is the Boss for Utility-Scale Microgrid Yielding 70% Renewables

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A utility-scale microgrid that uses energy storage has slashed the use of diesel fuel and allowed for up to 70 percent renewables to serve a Portuguese Island, Graciosa. The microgrid is made up of a 6-MW, 3.5-MWh battery system from Switzerland-based Leclanché, about 1.5 MW of wind energy, 3 MW of solar and an existing diesel system that … [Read more...]