Maryland Agency Awards $566,000 in Microgrid Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued $566,000 in microgrid grants to eight organizations to fund feasibility studies, planning and design for projects. The funding is from the agency’s Resilient Maryland program, which aims to help eligible organizations and governmental entities set up microgrids, resiliency hubs, resilient … [Read more...]

BRIC Microgrid Opportunity Grows as Biden Doubles Funding to $1 Billion

In an opportunity for microgrids and energy storage, the Biden administration has doubled to $1 billion the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, a grant program for infrastructure resiliency. The additional funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program will allow more communities to … [Read more...]

Blackstone Commits $500 Million for GreenStruxure Microgrids

A Blackstone company has committed microgrid financing of up to $500 million for GreenStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Huck Capital that develops modular, energy-as-a-service microgrids for commercial and industrial (C&I), and governmental medium-sized buildings. The agreement with Blackstone's ClearGen allows … [Read more...]

DC Water Issues Request for Interest in Wastewater Microgrid Project

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has issued a microgrid RFI (request for interest) for the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C. DC Water is holding an outreach meeting at 3 p.m. May 25 to discuss the RFI. Letters of interest are due June 14. DC Water said it issued the RFI on May 14 to get … [Read more...]

Group Plans Community Microgrid in Los Angeles Neighborhood. RFP to Go Out this Year

A nonprofit group in Los Angeles, California, is preparing to develop a community microgrid in the city’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The group, Resilient Palisades, expects the community microgrid to boost resiliency in an area plagued by power outages, as well as lower electricity costs and improve the environment. In the project’s … [Read more...]

Go Slow to Go Fast When Writing a Microgrid RFP

When writing a microgrid RFP (requests for proposals), it’s important to go slow in order to go fast. This means that it’s critical to do as much upfront work as possible before issuing the microgrid RFP. “Adding extra time at the front end and thoughtfulness into the RFP with as much detail as possible can help you finish a more successful … [Read more...]

Crunching the Numbers on Microgrid Costs, Benefits

Microgrid economics is determined by a mix of costs and revenue factors, according to a panel of experts at the Microgrid 2021 conference who explained how to think about making the financials work on what can be complex projects. “The use of financial resources to make these projects go is always a paramount concern for developing the … [Read more...]

Bright Canyon Energy Signs Lease for 25-MW Microgrid at San Diego Naval Base

Arizona Public Service affiliate Bright Canyon Energy has signed a microgrid lease with the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) in San Diego.   The long-term enhanced use lease will add battery storage and backup generators designed to power the entire Marine Corps Recruit Depot military base for extended periods of … [Read more...]

LS Power Buys GI Energy; Name Changed to Endurant Energy

GI Energy, a distributed energy and microgrid company, took major steps in its evolution this month: It was bought by power plant giant LS Power, and the company changed its name to Endurant Energy. After launching in the United Kingdom, GI Energy started its US operations in 2011 with headquarters in Chicago. The company expanded from its … [Read more...]

How to Model Electricity Bill Savings for Microgrid Developers

Rob Hong, co-founder and CEO of Sapling Financial Consultants shares insights on how microgrid developers can illustrate electricity bill savings to their customers. One of the most important pieces of the sale process for microgrid developers is to show how customers will realize cost savings compared to their current arrangement with their … [Read more...]