With new tax credits just a pen swipe away, what will change for microgrids?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US House. President Joe Biden said he expects to sign the $430 million bill into law this week, which the House approved 220 to 207 following a 51-50 approval by the Senate on Aug. 7.  By creating new tax credits and … [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...]

Cuyahoga County draws 37 responses from RFI for microgrids and new utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said it received a “tremendous response” to its recent request for information (RFI) to build multiple microgrids and establish a county utility. Issued in early June, the RFI drew 37 responses from across the country offering guidance on the technical, commercial and contractual frameworks for the project planned in … [Read more...]

Manchin and Schumer include microgrid tax credit in climate deal

A microgrid tax credit has made it into a long-sought climate deal reached this week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Details of the proposal, known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (HR 5376), are still emerging. Staff of California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, architect of … [Read more...]

How a microgrid saved Pittsburgh International Airport $1 million

One year ago, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first airport in the nation to get all of its power from a solar and natural gas microgrid. Today, it’s got 1 million extra dollars to show for it. In an interview with Microgrid Knowledge last week, Tom Woodrow, the airport's senior vice president for engineering and intelligent … [Read more...]

Maryland awards funds for three more microgrid projects

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has awarded another $359,065 for microgrids as part of its Resilient Maryland Planning Program. Three winners were chosen in the second round of the MEA's 2022 program and they will use the money to conduct feasibility analysis and other preconstruction activities. They join six other applicants … [Read more...]