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Ameresco and Duke to Build Unusual Floating Solar Microgrid at World’s Largest Military Base

Ameresco, Duke Energy and the military are combining forces to create a unique project at Fort Bragg in North Carolina — a floating solar microgrid.  Floating solar projects — solar panels installed on buoyant structures in a body of water — have been gradually emerging worldwide over the last decade. The technology is still relatively rare … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the island’s chief energy regulator, in late August. Utility IRPs are guiding … [Read more...]

Cook Islands Boosts Microgrid Capabilities with Storage

Rarotonga, the remote South Pacific island that is part of the Cook Islands, plans to boost its microgrid capabilities with new energy storage capacity. Under the terms of a deal signed with New Zealand’s Vector Powersmart, Rolls-Royce company MTU will supply three containerized battery storage units. The MTU EnergyPacks, packaged in … [Read more...]

Siemens Creates Living Lab in Princeton, NJ to Demonstrate Microgrids

Siemens, one of the largest companies in the microgrid arena, has created a living lab at its US technology headquarters in Princeton, N.J. to demonstrate how similar facilities can use microgrids. The microgrid includes solar photovoltaics, battery storage, electrical power infrastructure, building management systems and microgrid control … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Gets Boost from Energy Storage in California’s Goleta Load Pocket

As part of an ambitious project that aims to deploy a community microgrid that will help avoid outages due to fires, earthquakes, mudslides and other disasters in the Goleta Load Pocket, 40 MWh of utility-scale storage will go online in December. Groundbreaking on the project, called the Vallecito Energy Storage Resilience (VESR) project, has … [Read more...]

How Government Support Can Work Against Microgrids

Distributed energy resources make up the bulk of any microgrid. So incentives for DERs will mean more microgrids, right? Not necessarily, says Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse, who explains his new research on DERs in microgrids. As a bonus, Asmus also offers insight into Covid-19's impact on the microgrid market in this interview with … [Read more...]

How Solar, Storage & Microgrids Save Money at K-12 Schools: Free Livestream Discussion

Microgrid Knowledge hosted a livestream discussion August 27 with schools that are installing solar, energy storage and microgrids as a way to save money — and in some cases even earn revenue from their systems. The discussion, “Solar Microgrids for K-12 Schools: Saving Money," is now available as a  free replay. “Schools are under … [Read more...]

Solar’s Transition to Nanogrids — and Why it’s Good for Solar Installers

This article wraps up a  new special report series  focused on the rise of solar nanogrids. Learn why nanogrids for solar installers make sense — and why this model gaining steam in the renewable energy industry.  Savvy solar installers have their eye on the nanogrid market — the next phase in solar plus storage — as a potentially large … [Read more...]

A Greener, Post Pandemic World: How do we Get There?

Mark Feasel, president, smart grid - North America at Schneider Electric, explores what can be done to set up a more energy efficient, greener post pandemic world using energy-as-a-service (EaaS). It has been more than five months since most states in the US initiated their first COVID-19 lockdown and talks around reopening feels premature … [Read more...]

How Nanogrids Assist with Public Safety — Wildfires, Power Outages and Other Challenges

This entry from a new special report series  explores how wildfires, storms and other disasters plague the interconnected grid. Public safety nanogrids can help.  The grid challenges associated with wildfires, especially in California, are significant. To help prevent power lines from sparking wildfires in areas where fires frequently occur, … [Read more...]