Microgrid Customers, Hurdles Shifting with Economy and Growing Weather Challenges

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief at Microgrid Knowledge, interviewed Scott Kessler, microgrid  strategy and sales at Siemens, during Microgrid 2020 Global. Wood and Kessler discussed some of the hurdles to microgrids today, how customers can overcome these challenges, new microgrid customers entering the market — and the lowdown on a new … [Read more...]

Built With Frugal Innovation, Solar Microgrids Improve Medical Care in the Himalayas

In remote villages in the Himalayas, medical centers often lack critical medical equipment, refrigerators for vaccines and dependable electricity for light and other essentials. But Paras Loomba intends to change that, bringing solar microgrids to medical centers, which will allow for vaccine storage, baby warmers, ventilators and other items that … [Read more...]

Microgrids Win Funding Boost in US Pandemic Relief Bill

The US Congress passed a pandemic relief bill late Monday night that includes funding for microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy. The spending package includes the Energy Act of 2020, which contains consensus provisions from Senate and House energy legislation, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Dec. … [Read more...]

US Development Bank to Invest $2B to Overcome Energy Poverty in Partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation

The US International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) plans to invest up to $2 billion, and The Rockefeller Foundation up to $50 million, to end energy poverty by expanding development of distributed energy systems, including minigrids. The two organizations announced a memorandum of understanding today to work together to bring reliable … [Read more...]

Third-Party Ownership Models for Modern Microgrids

We continue a special report  series, courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions, that explores third-party ownership models for microgrids. The interlocking, and sometimes conflicting, interests and risks associated with revenue streams, ownership and capital requirements are the key drivers in drawing up the … [Read more...]

Gridscape Receives Funds to Help Build Microgrids, Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Gridscape Solutions, a California based microgrid developer, has received a loan guarantee from the San Francisco Bay Area Air Improvement District's (BAAIQD) Climate Tech finance program. The funds will go towards building microgrids that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  According to Vipul Gore, Gridscape's president & CEO, the … [Read more...]

As It Plans World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant, OhmConnect Warns of Market Flaws in California

OhmConnect, partnering with Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, plans a 550-MW virtual power plant (VPP), Resi-Station, created by pooling and controlling homeowners’ devices and microgrids to provide clean power for California via aggregated flexible demand. Said to be the biggest project of its kind in the world, Resi-Station will help meet … [Read more...]

US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

In another sign that the US government is making energy resilience a priority, the Department of Energy (DOE) is incorporating microgrids as part of a program to spur $440 million in energy improvements for 16 federal projects Announced late last week, the effort is meant to bring energy efficiency and resilience to a range of facilities … [Read more...]

How Financiers Think about Microgrid Project Funding

This is the first entry in a series courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions that shows readers the ins and outs of microgrid project funding. Find out what your potential financiers are thinking.  Mind the gap It’s far easier to finance a microgrid today than it was just a few years ago thanks to new financing … [Read more...]

Are Government Incentives a Good Idea for Microgrids?

History shows us that an injection of government funding often boosts new and promising energy technologies. But is the same true for microgrids?  In the US, few government incentives exist that are solely for microgrids. If that should change — and how it should change — were topics addressed in a recent Microgrid Knowledge audience survey, … [Read more...]