Australia Issues $18.8 Million for Remote and Regional Microgrid Projects

RenewEconomy's Michael Mazengarb describes a new round of Australian microgrid funding. Twenty remote and regional microgrid projects have received a funding boost, including communities hit by the destructive bushfires, as part of a new push to boost reliability and  increase the use of renewable energy in regional Australia. A total of … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Has Evolved to Benefit Businesses and Homeowners

In the latest edition of the Microgrid Knowledge Executive Interview series, Mark Feasel, president of Smart Grid North America for Schneider Electric, offers insight into new changes in microgrids for businesses and homeowners. Many people aren’t aware of just how much the microgrid industry has evolved in ways that benefit users of the … [Read more...]

What Do Customers Want from Microgrids?

Customers generally are looking for three things from microgrids: resiliency, cost savings and sustainability. After the Texas storm in February that crippled the state’s power system, potential customers became more aware of microgrids’ ability to operate through power outages. They also became more attuned to the problems associated with … [Read more...]

CleanSpark Microgrid Cuts Customer Costs 80%

A recently commissioned solar-plus-storage microgrid in San Diego, California, reduced its host’s electricity bill by about 80% in its first month of operation, according to CleanSpark, one of the project’s partners. The microgrid was designed for WS Display/San Diego Sign to provide economic optimization and cleaner energy, as well as cut … [Read more...]

Verdant Microgrid Partners with ClearGen and Blackstone in $150 Million Financing Agreement

Clean energy developer Verdant Microgrid has finalized an exclusive $150 million financing agreement with ClearGen, a Blackstone Credit portfolio company. Founded in 2018, Verdant Microgrid is a US energy company that designs, builds and operates distributed generation projects for commercial and industrial customers. Verdant’s project … [Read more...]

California PUC Orders Clean Energy Procurement, Launches DER Rulemaking

California continues blazing a trail in the US energy transition under two decisions last week, one that requires utilities to buy 11,500 MW of emissions-free power supply and a second that launches a new regulatory proceeding focused on preparing the grid for proliferating distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles. More … [Read more...]

Maryland RFI Seeks Microgrid Information to Help Electrify Bus Fleet

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a request for information (RFI) for firms that can plan, provide, operate, and maintain facilities for bus electrification, and it is considering incorporating microgrids into the project. The due date for responding is July 21. The RFI (RFI-21-064-EQ) issued June 23 by the … [Read more...]

IKEA Foundation and Rockefeller to Infuse $1 Billion into Global Electrification

The IKEA Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed by the founder of furniture giant IKEA, and The Rockefeller Foundation have set up a $1 billion platform to develop minigrids and other decentralized energy projects for the 3.6 billion people with unreliable electricity or none at all. Announced Monday, the program aims to reduce 1 … [Read more...]

Texas Again Creates a Reminder of the Value of Microgrids

Four months after Texas endured five days of blackouts, the state is again at the brink of not having enough power to meet its needs, bringing another reminder of the value microgrids can bring to customers and to the wider grid. Instead of the effects of unusually cold weather that blanketed Texas and parts of the mid-continent in February, … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Will Change the Way Electricity Is Made, Delivered and Used

Microgrids — managed by sophisticated software — are part of a shift toward on-site power production, driven by businesses and organizations that want to control their own energy destiny, according to a group of panelists at the Microgrid 2021 conference. Growth in microgrids comes as customers increasingly look for solutions to various … [Read more...]