97% Renewable Microgrid to Replace Fire-Vulnerable Line in California During Wildfire Season

A 97% renewable microgrid will allow Liberty Utilities to de-energize four miles of transmission line located in a remote Sierra Nevada location during wildfire season in California. The microgrid, from BoxPower and owned by Liberty Utilities, a regulated utility with about 50,000 customers on the West side of Lake Tahoe, is made up of 20 kW … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Installed for Costa Rica Factory

A new solar plus storage microgrid in Costa Rica will provide resilient power and cost savings for an international component assembly and manufacturing company that makes sensitive components for industries from robotics to telecommunications. The new microgrid will significantly reduce the costs created by power outages and other … [Read more...]

New Report Explores the Potential of Combining Solar and Storage in Microgrid Applications

Over the past two decades, the renewable energy industry has evolved, changed, and grown into a significant force shaping both the environment and the economy.  Solar and storage, in particular, has gained heightened attention from industries that value energy reliability. But, as a CleanSpark report reminds us, these “gains” have not been … [Read more...]

PXiSE, Toshiba Form Alliance Targeting Japanese Microgrid Market

PXiSE Energy Solutions and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions have formed an alliance to develop microgrids, with an initial focus on Japan and growing to the global market. Mitsui & Co., a Japanese company and a PXiSE investor, will also participate in the venture, the companies said Sept. 23. PXiSE, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, … [Read more...]

Did the Calistoga Microgrid Fail September 8? Nope.

Although it has a fully-ready microgrid, Calistoga, California experienced a series of unfortunate events that led to loss of power for more than 2,000 utility customers, a side effect of a preventative power shutoff in neighboring regions. On September 8 dangerous wildfire conditions caused Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to trigger … [Read more...]

Wildfire Smoke Clouds Solar Panels in California Microgrids. Can Fuel Cells Help?

Because some California microgrids aren’t producing enough solar energy due to smoke from wildfires, one microgrid developer is installing fuel cells as back up. AJ Perkins, president of Instant On, said that 25% of his microgrids in the Bay Area — which has been hit hard by wildfires — aren’t producing much solar because smoke is blocking … [Read more...]

Direct Current Microgrids to Power Europe’s Green Ambitions

A new European project, TIGON, will develop technology and demonstrate how direct current (DC) microgrids can help the European Union’s (EU) electricity grids become greener, more efficient and resilient. The project involves 15 partners from eight different European Member States. The EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is … [Read more...]

Australian Naval Microgrid Faces Operational Challenges

Giles Parkinson of Renew Economy describes operational problems faced by a microgrid installed by Carnegie Clean Energy at an Australian naval base. The Garden Island microgrid, located in a naval base off the port of Fremantle south of Perth, was supposed to be a shining light for the future of distributed energy, and potentially the world’s … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps Kaiser Permanente Achieve a First for Carbon Neutrality in Healthcare

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has become the first integrated, non-profit healthcare system in the US to achieve carbon neutrality, a feat accomplished with the help of a renewable microgrid.  Located at a hospital in Richmond, California, the microgrid is among the technologies that the healthcare provider pursued to eliminate its … [Read more...]

Philippines Group Urges Asian Development Bank to Finance Microgrid Projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) should support community microgrids as part of a shift away from fossil fuels, according to an advocacy group based in the Philippines. “As the costs of solar and wind technologies have decreased exponentially and have become competitive with fossil fuel technologies, ADB should be looking into community … [Read more...]