California Judicial Council seeks bids for microgrids, solar, storage at 32 sites

The largest judicial court system in the United States — California’s — is seeking bids to develop renewable microgrids or solar and storage for 32 of its courthouses, judicial centers and other sites. The state Judicial Council issued a request for proposals (RFP) this week as part of its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and secure … [Read more...]

Solar microgrids to electrify 80 new communities in India

Armed with $6 million in new debt financing, Husk Power Systems announced last week that it will begin electrifying 80 new communities in India with solar microgrids. This new project will deliver reliable power to nearly 10,000 new customers and benefit about 60,000 people. The company already has roughly 150 community microgrid systems … [Read more...]

Incentives and implementation: How policy informs the clean energy transition

Mark Fowler, director of government relations at Ameresco, discusses how federal, state and local policies will impact the microgrid industry and the clean energy transition. Three major areas are key to meeting our country’s clean energy goals: technology, finance and policy. The three are interdependent and inform one another, but the … [Read more...]

First glimpse into how the US government will allot energy resilience money

The US Congress approved billions of dollars in clean energy funding and tax credits over the last year, including for microgrids. Now the big question is when and how the money will flow to energy projects. The Department of Energy (DOE) offered a glimpse into its plans for the $10.5 billion that is designated for energy resilience in a … [Read more...]

Eight changes (all good) that microgrid insiders see emerging from the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which became law August 16 with President Joe Biden's signature,  is expected to significantly cut costs for microgrids by creating new tax credits and extending existing ones for technologies used within microgrids, such as solar, storage and microgrid controllers But what else will the $430 billion law … [Read more...]

California’s Kern High School District issues microgrid request for qualifications

The Kern High School District in Lake Isabella, California plans to install a microgrid and has issued a solicitation for qualified companies. Located in the southern Sierra Nevada, the district serves more than 35,000 students and employs 3,500 people. To be built at the Kern Valley High School, the microgrid will back up the school’s … [Read more...]

A less obvious way the climate bill will help microgrids

Microgrid costs are likely to fall due to the Inflation Reduction Act, but that’s only one factor that promises to drive up demand for microgrids, should the climate bill pass the House as expected. The second reason has to do with how the new law will accelerate the growth of renewable energy. Microgrids are increasingly viewed as a … [Read more...]

Now available! View Microgrid 2022 on demand

If you couldn’t attend Microgrid 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past June, good news. We captured every session on video and it’s now available for you to view on demand. Each of the panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops and keynote addresses can be accessed through the links below or via the Microgrid Knowledge video … [Read more...]

Green resiliency: Securing your stride in the race to net zero

Bob Georgeoff and Leila Dillon of Ameresco outline some of the factors that are driving a growing number of organizations to set net-zero goals and how microgrids tie it all together. As net-zero corporate pledges continue to rise, there is increasing focus on the specific pathways companies will be taking to achieve these goals. … [Read more...]

Look at these microgrid funding options — and think big

A number of federal, state and military programs may provide microgrid funding options, said participants in a recently released video of a Microgrid 2022 panel, “Making Microgrids a Building Block of U.S. Infrastructure and Climate Goals.” But be aware: such funding programs — including climate action plans — don’t necessarily use the word … [Read more...]