Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

Mini-Grids Foolhardy No Longer, Husk Power Raises $20M via Engie, Shell & Swedfund

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With a $20 million venture capital infusion for their mini-grids, Husk Power Systems is pressing forward with its mission to electrify rural communities, much like the one in India where the company's founder grew up. From new headquarters in Colorado, the 10-year-old company is advancing a mini-grid technology that uses organic agricultural … [Read more...]

Latest Microgrid News about Wave Energy, Resilience, JLM Energy and Ideal Power

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European wave energy microgrid takes next step Last March the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) issued a solicitation seeking a simulated microgrid solution to help test small scale wave and tidal energy converters in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. Now Swedish marine energy developer CorPower Ocean has successfully installed its new half-scale … [Read more...]

HSGS Selected to Build Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Projects for the U.S. Military

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Johnson Controls Federal Systems has selected Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) to design, engineer, and construct a solar plus storage microgrid at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. Located at the Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll on Meck Island, the project will include a 3 MWh energy storage system and 8,000 ground mounted solar … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?

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José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]

Siemens and AES Jump into Energy Storage with Fluence. Big Waves Ahead?

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Siemens and AES made official today their potentially formidable partnership, a company called Fluence that will reach into 160 countries to capture the growing energy storage market. First announced in July, the 50-50 venture has since completed necessary regulatory approvals to go into full operation. Bringing together the resources of … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wastes No Time Drafting Rules to Encourage Microgrid Development

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Some believe Puerto Rico’s crushed power grid will emerge as a phoenix, out of the ashes becoming a global model for microgrid development. It’s hard to say yet if that will happen. But draft microgrid rules released last week by the Puerto Rico Energy Commission signal the island could be on the right track. First, note their speed of … [Read more...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vehicle-to-Grid Services

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All eyes are on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as it tests the ability of EVs to help power homes during outages and provide demand response. Will vehicle-to-grid live up to its big promise? Industry insiders are both optimistic and cautious. “The biggest challenge to using EVs to flow power back to the grid is that doing so would … [Read more...]

Florida Bill Calls for $10M Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Pilot in Wake of Hurricane Irma

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A state representative from the Florida Keys introduced legislation this week to create a $10 million solar plus storage microgrid program to bolster resiliency for critical facilities. HB 1133 comes after Hurricane Irma’s battering of the state on September 10, a storm linked to the deaths of about a dozen nursing home patients after a power … [Read more...]

Will This Solar Community Microgrid Save Money AND Generate Income?

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Researchers at University of California, Riverside, are testing a control system for a solar community microgrid that will decide how to dispatch assets — reaping energy savings and perhaps generating income. The Bourns College of Engineering research team is working on a power system for a microgrid located at the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe … [Read more...]