Enchanted Rock: Working to Provide Resiliency and Beat the Price of Diesel

At Microgrid 2020 Global,  Microgrid Knowledge spoke with Allan Schurr, chief commercial officer at Enchanted Rock — which provides resiliency microgrids for large commercial and industrial customers. Enchanted Rock uses natural gas — a less carbon intensive fuel than diesel — at the core of its microgrids. Schurr described Enchanted Rock’s … [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...]

Abengoa to Build Microgrid with Vanadium Flow Batteries at South African Mine

Bushveld Energy, a vanadium energy storage solutions provider, has selected Abengoa to construct Africa's first megawatt scale hybrid microgrid with flow batteries for the Vametco mine in South Africa. Abengoa, a Spanish multinational company in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, will engineer, supply and construct a 3.5 MW solar … [Read more...]

Colorado Utility Plans Technology Campus with Microgrid

In an effort to prepare for ongoing shifts in the utility sector, Colorado Springs Utilities aims to build a 160-acre Advanced Technologies Campus that is set to include a microgrid platform. The campus, to be built in phases, would allow CSU to test new technologies, pilot projects and “proof of concepts” before they are deployed in the … [Read more...]

Microgrid to be Built at Eaton Plant in Puerto Rico

Enel X will build a microgrid at an Eaton manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico, adding to the power management company’s fleet of microgrids. The project at Eaton’s Arecibo plant, which makes circuit breakers, includes 5 MW of photovoltaic solar and a 1.1 MW/2.2 MWh battery storage system, the companies said Dec. 2. The microgrid will also … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Protect Native American Site Plagued by Wildfire-Related Power Outages 

Thanks to a solar plus storage microgrid, resilient power will soon be a reality for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indian lands, an area threatened by wildfire-related power outages in California. The California Public Utilities Commission calls the tribe's lands a "Tier 3 – extreme threat" area that suffered multiple wildfires over the last … [Read more...]

Horizon Power Prepares to Build Australia’s First Renewable Hydrogen Microgrid

Horizon Power plans to build Australia’s first renewable hydrogen microgrid, a move that is part of the country’s effort to foster the technology. The demonstration project will test the ability of hydrogen to serve as a dispatchable power source in remote microgrids, the utility said Nov. 27. “This plant will demonstrate how hydrogen can … [Read more...]

PG&E Faces Backlash Over “Optional” Label for Microgrids in Certain California Fire Zones

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is facing backlash for its proposal to label microgrids “optional” in certain California fire zones, a label that critics say would nearly double the cost of developing microgrids and result in fewer coming online. The proposal emerged within a proceeding before the California Public Utilities Commission … [Read more...]

PXiSE CEO Explores the Biggest Influences for the Microgrid Market in 2020

In this video, Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviews Patrick Lee, co-founder and CEO of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a Sempra Energy company. The interview, about trends in the microgrid market, took place during Microgrid 2020 Global. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEj9_EklMdc&feature=youtu.be The two explore … [Read more...]

PG&E Taps Michigan Utility Exec to Lead Company

PG&E, California's largest utility, selected Patti Poppe to lead the company after it emerged from bankruptcy and is under pressure to bolster grid resilience in the face of wildfire threats. Poppe is a long-time utility executive at CMS Energy, based in Jackson, Michigan, and its utility subsidiary Consumers Energy, which has about 6.7 … [Read more...]