Oregon’s Carbon-Capping Bill Could Boost Microgrid Development & Resilience

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A carbon-capping bill with good prospects to pass the Oregon Legislature could boost microgrid development and resilience efforts in the state. HB 2020, sponsored by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, where it is now being reviewed, doesn’t specifically address microgrids. But it will create an environment that’s friendly to them, said … [Read more...]

Securing Microgrid Benefits without the Risk

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Fear of risk deters companies, institutions and communities from pursuing microgrids. In this excerpt from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric we examine how the EaaS model secures microgrid benefits without the inherent financial, developmental and ownership risk.  It’s clear that microgrids need an ‘easy … [Read more...]

ABB Wants to Boost Storage & Microgrid Activity with a $113-Million Fund

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ABB, a global technology company that specializes in power and automation, plans to boost energy storage and microgrid installations with a $113 million fund provided by Susi Partners, a clean energy infrastructure investment advisor. Under an agreement between the two companies, ABB will provide its ABB Ability-based microgrid technology … [Read more...]

CrossBoundary Energy Access Raises $16 Million to Finance 190 Solar Minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa

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CrossBoundary Energy Access is investing an initial $16 million of capital to finance about 190 solar minigrids, each with a capacity of 6 kW-1 MW, across Sub-Saharan Africa. All told, the minigrids will bring electricity to nearly 34,000 off-grid, rural households and businesses -- about 70,000 people who now lack energy access, according … [Read more...]

Microgrid Drivers and Obstructions: What’s Moving the Dial on the Market?

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric outlines the energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model that simplifies microgrid development and ownership for organizations.  This excerpt explores microgrid drivers, as well as the biggest challenges and obstructions to microgrids.  Several compelling arguments exist to install a … [Read more...]

Four Megatrends Changing Energy Decision-making & Opening the Door to Microgrids

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric  outlines the energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model and explains how it simplifies development and ownership of microgrids. This chapter focuses on trends that led to the rise of microgrids.  Until recently, the electric power industry saw little in the way of major innovation. … [Read more...]

Counting Microgrids, Southeast Asia Investment & Valuing DERs

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How many microgrids are there exactly? Navigant Research continues to doggedly track down just how many microgrids there are worldwide, recently bringing its database up to 2,258 projects. The Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q18 also found that planned and installed microgrid capacity is 19,575.0 MW. Utility microgrids account of 40 … [Read more...]

How to Keep Africa’s Minigrids from Becoming a Bridge to Nowhere

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A push is on to bring electricity to the nearly one billion people who lack it worldwide. But if you build it will they come? Apparently not, as some minigrid developers are finding in Sub-Saharan Africa. Electricity does little good for those who have nothing to plug in. And unfortunately that’s too often the case in remote areas with new … [Read more...]

Why Jigar Shah is Now Putting Money Behind Fuel Cells & Other Clean Resources

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Jigar Shah is best known as the founder of SunEdison, a company that helped propel solar on its meteoric growth path with “no money-down” solar financing. But now he’s putting his money and passion behind fuel cells and other clean resources to move the “resource revolution” forward and help the banking community feel more comfortable with … [Read more...]

Camden, N.J. Looks to Innovative Bonds to Expand Microgrid Project

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Camden County, New Jersey, is using an innovative bond financing tool to expand a microgrid project in planning to serve critical infrastructure. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), which runs the water supply and wastewater treatment system for the county across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, is planning a … [Read more...]