Microgrid to Serve as Core of $110-$120M Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

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The developer of a $110-$120 million mixed use project in Manchester, Connecticut plans to incorporate a microgrid that taps into opportunity zone federal tax breaks. The Manchester Broad Street Parkade microgrid will include around 1 MW of solar PV,  2-3 MW of natural gas-fired combined heat and power, batteries, and a water heating … [Read more...]

Using Hardware in the Loop to Create a Microgrid Testbed

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This post — part of a new special report — highlights how microgrid developers are using testing tools like hardware in the loop (HIL) to create microgrid testbeds, as well as what these testbeds can be used for.  HIL to create microgrid testbeds The electric power grid is the world’s largest man-made system. It is also a very complex machine … [Read more...]

Microgrid Shows Lebanon Way Out of Pollution and Power Outages

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A solar-plus-storage microgrid in Lebanon is demonstrating a way the country can overcome its pollution and lack of energy access while boosting economic development. For a month running, Recycle Beirut and an adjacent residential building have been receiving all of the electricity they need with a microgrid that uses 100-kW of solar and a 100 … [Read more...]

African Campus Gets New Life with Microgrid Powered by Batteries and Solar Panels

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Girls in Malawi, Africa now have a chance to get a good education thanks to a new microgrid. A solar array, capable of producing 6.6 kW during peak, will electrify the school campus, providing the lights and the energy to run computers, printers and TV screens. The “Sokola” school campus is in a mountainous area in Chitipa, Northern Malawi and it … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Developers Shouldn’t be Storm Chasers

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Don’t follow one-time disasters to find microgrid opportunities; look instead to areas with recurring power outages and businesses interested in resilience, says a new study. Curious about the impact of storms and disasters, Wood Mackenzie, a global research and consultancy business, looked at microgrids sized 100 kW and above that were … [Read more...]

Model-Based Engineering: What does it Solve for Microgrid Development?

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In a panel discussion at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego, Typhoon HIL experts explored how model-based system engineering — in particular ultra-high-fidelity Hardware in the Loop (HIL) digital twins — significantly derisk and accelerate projects, eliminate microgrid control integration and interoperability issues, and deliver improved functionality and … [Read more...]

PowerSecure Provides Engineering, Procurement & Construction for Butler Farms Microgrid Upgrade

A new farm microgrid in rural North Carolina is gaining traction as a model for future rural  microgrids. PowerSecure, a Southern Company subsidiary, engineered, procured and constructed the microgrid.  Power from pig manure may sound odd. But a Lillington, N.C. microgrid is showing how its done. In fact, the Butler Farms project is a … [Read more...]

Regulators ask Hawaiian Electric to Explain Lack of Non-Wires Alternatives in Plan

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The Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii is pushing back against Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) proposed integrated grid plan (IGP) because it has not given sufficient consideration to non-wires alternatives. HECO may be prematurely excluding non-wires alternatives and “significantly” delaying the proposed soft launch of its IGP, the … [Read more...]

New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding

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New Jersey expects to begin accepting applications in November for its second round of microgrid funding, part of a program that already has 13 towns studying the feasibility of microgrids. As a precursor, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities plans to seek comments next month on a draft proposal for the second round of the New Jersey … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Examines the Feasibility of Microgrid Projects

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Massachusetts continues to move forward evaluating the feasibility of 14 potential microgrids, all part of the state’s consideration into whether it will go totally green by 2035 while also phasing out fossil fuel usage by 2045.  "We love all the projects equally," says Ariel Horowitz, director of technology development and the one who … [Read more...]