Microgrid Dreaming: California Gov. Brown Makes it Real at his Ranch

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Who knew he was envisioning his own home when three years ago in his inaugural address California Gov. Jerry Brown described a future with microgrids. In a walk-the-talk move, Brown now has a solar plus storage microgrid serving his new home, a ranch north of Sacramento. Brown needed the microgrid for the same reason 1.4 billion others in … [Read more...]

Can Biogas CHP Help Duke University Meet Aggressive Climate Goals?

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Duke University is exploring what it takes to acquire and transport renewable biogas from North Carolina hog farms for what may turn out to be a new, microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the university's main campus. The biogas project emerged after students protested plans by the university and Duke Energy to build … [Read more...]

Bornholm Island Acts as Microgrid Lab for Denmark’s Green Ambitions

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Denmark has an ambitious target to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. But integrating renewable energy into the system makes it difficult to balance the intermittent supply with demand. With its high abundance of renewable energy, Bornholm Island, just south of Sweden, was the perfect test site for the … [Read more...]

Seattle City Light to Issue RFP for $3.3 Million Community Center Microgrid

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Seattle City Light plans to issue a request for proposals in May for a contractor to build a $3.3 million community center microgrid for the city's parks and recreation department. The publicly owned utility will seek an engineering, procurement and construction company to install the microgrid at the Miller Community Center, which is operated … [Read more...]

Bringing Stability to War-Torn Somalia with Solar Microgrids

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Beleaguered by famine, terrorism and war, Somalia has the added burden of some of the highest energy costs in the world. But now relief is coming in the form of solar microgrids for refugees and communities thanks to an East African company. SolarGen Technologies is on a mission to help stabilize the country of 12 million people, using solar … [Read more...]

Tax Law, Equipment Leasing and Microgrid Finance

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Equipment lease financing is now being used to create a low-cost path to microgrid ownership. But getting there takes an experienced, insider's knowledge of energy tax rules and regulations. It's those attributes that best distinguish CleanView Capital, according to founder and Managing Partner Stanley Fishbein, a tax attorney with 35 years of … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

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If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

Energy Non-Profit Sees Paradigm Shift as Puerto Rico Prepares for the Next Big One

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Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a non-profit energy relief effort, is scaling up its operations, installing solar-storage microgrids in towns and communities, readying the island as yet another hurricane season approaches. With a goal to raise $2.5 million and install 100 community-centered microgrids across Puerto Rico, the organization … [Read more...]

Colorado Energy Storage Rights Bill Could Boost Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

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Colorado businesses and residents can now install energy storage without discrimination in utility rates, charges or treatment -- a move that could increase development of solar-storage microgrids. The guarantee comes by way of an energy storage rights bill recently signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Hailed by supporters as landmark legislation, … [Read more...]

Chattanooga Airport and Partners Plan “Dynamic Boundaries” Microgrid

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Already a pioneer in municipal broadband and smart grid, Chattanooga, Tennessee, is now setting its sights on developing an airport microgrid that will employ an innovative, open-source controller. The city's utility, the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB), and partners are working on a microgrid for the Chattanooga Airport that will … [Read more...]