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A microgrid that you can fit in your golf bag

Energy flexibility is the new, new thing. And all microgrids offer it to some degree. But a small Brooklyn, NY, solar firm brings a whole new meaning to the term. Imagine fitting 1.3 kW of solar energy in a golf bag and it’s so light you can carry it around for use where you need it. That’s one of the value propositions that Pvilion is … [Read more...]

Microgrid to power two communities in New South Wales

One Step Off The Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes a microgrid planned for Australia's New South Wales that will power two communities. New South Wales distribution network company Endeavour Energy has announced plans to fast-track its first community microgrid, a $4.8 million renewable energy based power system that will be able to power two … [Read more...]

Project commissioning is key to solar plus storage project success

In a new white paper, Edison Energy explores how working with the right commissioning partner can ensure your solar plus storage project performs as expected and provides optimal financial returns. A new white paper from Edison Energy explains why selecting the right commissioning partner is one of the most important decisions to be made … [Read more...]

This is why microgrids are becoming popular: Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah, a well-known energy entrepreneur who now serves as director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan programs, posted on LinkedIn last week: “This is why #microgrids and #distributedgeneration are becoming so popular.” Shah was referring to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) graphic that shows power production costs falling … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s first ‘intermunicipal microgrid’ being developed

Puerto Rico's first intermunicipal microgrid — one that provides power to multiple towns and residents — is now under development by California-based microgrid developer XENDEE and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Called Microrred de la Montaña (Microgrid of the Mountain), the net-zero community microgrid will be governed by the island's … [Read more...]

Despite challenges, Duke and Honeywell pursue community microgrids in a big way

The challenges of developing community microgrids can be daunting despite their benefits. Sometimes it's hard to engage the community in the idea. Other times, the community is interested but opposes the project if it includes fossil fuel generation. Funding issues stymie some as they struggle with how to express the financial value of … [Read more...]

Microgrids for agriculture and food processors: simple solutions to energy problems

A new white paper from GreenStruxure explores how agricultural microgrids can provide simple solutions to energy problems for food processors, the agriculture industry and the wider food supply chain. Farmers, food processors and operators in the agriculture space are increasingly challenged by energy problems like higher energy costs, … [Read more...]

Australian government awards $18.7 million contract for Daintree Microgrid

The Australian government recently announced that it has awarded Volt Advisory Group AU$18.75 million over three years to develop the Daintree Microgrid Project, an innovative renewable energy microgrid in Queensland. The project will begin construction this year and is expected to be operational by 2024. The Daintree rainforest is in the … [Read more...]

Why aren’t there more small wind turbines on buildings?

Solar panels and batteries are common elements of a microgrid. Wind turbines, on the other hand, are more of a rarity. Large wind turbines can be found in microgrids built on islands or in remote blustery locales. But smaller rooftop wind turbines, befitting a city skyline, are rare. Solar panels are the more common sight. Cities can be … [Read more...]

Microgrid all-stars: energy storage and controls

Alexander Darovskikh of Rolls-Royce Solutions America explores why energy storage and controls are the all-stars of the microgrid game. Energy storage is the hot topic of the energy industry. Despite our many technological advancements, the storage of and distribution of electricity is something that we have only recently started to do. With … [Read more...]