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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...]

From microgrids to the moon: The unusual journey of Blue Planet Energy

Henk Rogers sold his computer game company in 2005 for a sizable sum. But he had little time to celebrate. Within one month he found himself in the back of an ambulance with a 100% arterial blockage to the heart, a condition also known as a “widow maker.” This is not how energy companies usually begin. But that moment marked the start of … [Read more...]

New Jersey military base to install microgrid as part of $140 million energy project

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), an Air Force, Army and Navy base in New Jersey, is doubling down on its resilience efforts by incorporating a microgrid as part of a multifaceted, multiyear energy upgrade. The Defense Logistics Agency and JBMDL recently announced that it has awarded Ameresco a $92 million project to update … [Read more...]

How to build more microgrids in rural communities — and why we should

Michelle Moore, former sustainability chief under President Obama, is keen on building microgrids to provide resilience and clean power for rural areas. Rural communities experience outages that are longer and more frequent than those in urban areas, said Moore, author of a new book, “Rural Renaissance: Revitalizing America’s Hometowns … [Read more...]

Report: How many jobs will microgrids produce?

Given that today is Labor Day, it’s a good time to discuss microgrid jobs forecasts. Last November, Peter Asmus, then part of Guidehouse and now executive director of the Alaska Microgrid Group, produced a research report, The Renewable Energy Economic Benefits of Microgrids, for the Civil Society Institute, the Millennial Action Project and … [Read more...]

Microgrids, microgrids, microgrids: A holistic overview

Juan Matson, senior sales manager, Gas Power Systems North America at Rolls Royce, explores how microgrid controllers can maximize the benefits of DERs. A key value proposition for microgrids is that they put into context the old and the new. Microgrids are a new way of looking at the old energy and power problems from quality, reliability, … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania recycling firm launches microgrid with solar and long-duration iron flow battery

ESS has completed a microgrid installation at Sycamore International, a technology recycling company in West Grove, Pennsylvania. The new microgrid, which was developed by TerraSol Energies includes a 115-kW direct current solar array and an ESS Energy Warehouse, which is a long-duration iron flow battery system.  According to Sycamore … [Read more...]

5 tangible solutions to improve campus sustainability

A new white paper from Ameresco explores how microgrids and other solutions can improve campus sustainability and demonstrate a school's environmental commitment. Recent studies show that a school's commitment to sustainability is a major factor students consider when selecting which college or university to attend. But as schools and … [Read more...]