Think you’re ready for a microgrid? Answer these questions first

This article explores key questions about microgrids and is written for those beginning the microgrid journey. It is part of Microgrid Knowledge's About Microgrids series. *** When Peter Asmus began helping three communities create community microgrids in California, a number of challenges cropped up. First of all, proponents of the … [Read more...]

Sierra Leone solar microgrid seeks investors

Georgia-based Solar Tyme USA is looking to fund the construction of a solar microgrid and solar power plant in Sierra Leone. The solar installation and development company hopes to raise $1.75 million in either debt or equity financing for the project. Solar Tyme signed a memorandum of understanding with Sierra Leone's Ministry of Energy in … [Read more...]

Tribes win federal funding as they enhance energy security and pursue microgrids

Tribal communities across the United States are looking to enhance their energy security and resilience through microgrids. In California, for example, the Blue Lake Rancheria's tribal council began developing its microgrid in 2011 in an effort to support its community during extreme emergencies. The resilience provided by that tribal microgrid has … [Read more...]

Webinar: Microgrids for the Food Industry

Energy reliability and the rising costs of electricity are among the energy challenges facing food growers and producers today. These challenges are driving the need for simple and practical solutions that provide the agriculture industry with on-site, clean power generation. An energy-as-a-service microgrid offers a simple solution for the … [Read more...]

Hotel microgrids cut energy costs, meet demand from guests for sustainability

Travelers are looking for accommodations that meet sustainability goals, and a hotel microgrid can help meet that demand with financial help from federal incentives and participation in energy markets. Travelers have good reason to search for sustainable hotels. Because hotels operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and include refrigeration, … [Read more...]

Entergy’s ‘Power Through’ offers a formula to settle who pays for microgrids

Deciding who pays for microgrids that benefit some utility customers more than others — as well as the utility — is a thorny topic. Should these microgrids be rate-based, and if so, should the total cost be rate-based? What’s the value of resiliency-as-a-service to individual customers and the utility as a whole? Some argue that customers … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The brains behind electrification and an all-renewable grid

Microgrids are often characterized as sophisticated backup power — and they are. But that’s not all they are. And ignoring the full scope of their abilities short shrifts their value. Most ignored, I think, is their ability to balance renewable energy, an increasingly important issue as solar and wind detractors attempt to fault renewables … [Read more...]

Microgrids for new eco-friendly housing developments in the UK

A not-for-profit organization has launched a share offer campaign to develop new clean energy microgrid projects across the UK. Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) aims to raise £1 million ($1.4 million) from its latest share offering. This adds to the roughly £14 million ($19 million) that the cooperative has raised over the decade since it was … [Read more...]

Maryland offers new funding for microgrids and resiliency hubs

Application deadlines are coming up in March for funds being offered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) for microgrids and resiliency projects. The state is continuing previous microgrid funding and also launching a new capital development program. Since it began offering microgrid grants in 2020, Maryland has given a boost to … [Read more...]

Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2021 — Funding and building microgrids for resiliency

COVID-19 continued to disrupt life and the energy industry in 2021. In the face of a global pandemic, we've also seen greater threats to our energy grid from wildfires in California and intense storms along our southern and eastern coasts.  In light of these challenges, who better to turn to for expert advice and strategies than microgrid and clean … [Read more...]