C&I Solar Market Poised For Faster Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

C&I solar

A fledgling market for commercial and industrial (C&I) solar in Sub-Saharan Africa is poised for faster growth due to high-cost and poor-quality grid power, declining solar energy costs and the rise of energy storage, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). The finding is significant to microgrids in the region … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s Utility Calls for Making the Island into Eight Minigrids

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Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island's electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to … [Read more...]

Tesla to Acquire Ultracapacitor Company Maxwell

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Tesla plans to acquire ultracapacitor company Maxwell Technologies in a deal announced Monday by the two companies. The San Diego, California manufacturer would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesla in the all-stock acquisition. The offer values Maxwell common stock at $4.75/share, a 54.7% premium to its closing price Friday of … [Read more...]

News from WorleyParsons, Leclanché and Environment America on Microgrids, Batteries and Clean Energy

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WorleyParsons to install microgrid at University of Toronto WorleyParsons, a global professional services firm for the energy sector, plans to install a direct current (DC) microgrid system at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Installed in collaboration with ARDA Power, the 150-kW system will be used in conjunction with the … [Read more...]

CleanGrid Partners to Build a $100 Million Microgrid Portfolio in Southeast Asia

CleanGrid

A new force emerged in the Southeast Asia microgrid market this week with the announcement by Singapore's CleanGrid Partners that it plans to create a $100 million microgrid portfolio in the next three to four years. An estimated 125 million people in Southeast Asia lack access to reliable and affordable electricity services, making it a … [Read more...]

Toshiba to Supply its Microgrid Controller for Maldives Project

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A subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has won a contract to install its microgrid controller and energy management system in a 10-MW hybrid microgrid on the Maldives' Hithadhoo Island. Hithadhoo Island, which forms part of the Maldives' remote Addu Atoll, has its own, independent power grid. The microgrid will serve as the grid's new … [Read more...]

What’s Next for Newly Approved Home Battery Storage Program in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire regulators approved a pilot program to install up to 200 home batteries to cut electricity costs and help the local utility manage peak load events on the hottest summer days. The program, approved January 17 by the Public Utilities Commission, allows Liberty Utilities to partly manage the batteries when load forecasts predict … [Read more...]

NY Offers up to $15.5M for Projects that Value Stack Energy Storage

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New York is offering up to $15.5 million for projects that show the benefits of value stacking distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid (PON 3541). Proposals are due December 31, 2019. The solicitation was issued by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), which seeks commercial … [Read more...]

Tesla, Fluence and Other Energy Storage System Integrators Playing Bigger Role on Green Grid

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Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important -- and shifting -- role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Tesla and Fluence. In a recent interview with Microgrid Knowledge, Alex … [Read more...]

California Wildfires and Related Outages Get City Thinking about a Microgrid

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The City of Calistoga, California is moving forward with early-stage discussions with the non-profit Clean Coalition for a community microgrid -- with risk of wildfires and utility power shutdowns driving talks. "We are at the very initial stages of discussion. We had our first meeting with the city council last week and presented various … [Read more...]