UC Berkeley Seeks Help as It Pursues Microgrid Project

The University of California, Berkeley, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a financial consultant to help the university set up a renewable energy microgrid covering its campus. After studying the issue for several years, the university late last year narrowed its options for replacing its aging natural gas-fired combined heat and … [Read more...]

Educating Customers About 3 Key Microgrid Benefits

What microgrid benefits incentivize customers to adopt the technology? The ability to decarbonize, achieve resiliency and lower costs top the list, according to Alex Savelli, executive director of power generation at Cummins. Cummins is especially focused on decarbonization through use of hydrogen — including in fuel cells and electrolyzers. … [Read more...]

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...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Citizens Energy to Build Microgrid for Caregiving Facility in Connecticut

Schneider Electric and Citizens Energy are building a microgrid for a caregiving facility in New Britain, Connecticut, under a partnership they expect will lead to additional microgrid projects. The Marian Heights microgrid will provide grid resiliency for four buildings on the campus of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception that … [Read more...]

The Top Microgrid Misconceptions Debunked

Microgrids are too expensive, the renewable energy component is not dependable and microgrids are no better than backup generators. These are the top three microgrid misconceptions that prevent businesses from installing microgrids, say providers of the technology. In addition, customers mistakenly believe that the technology is immature and … [Read more...]

Menlo Park, California, Issues RFP for Microgrid at Campus Paid for by Facebook

Menlo Park, California, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that seeks a company to design, build and operate a solar-based microgrid and electric vehicle chargers for a community center. The city is holding an optional prebid meeting on April 21 at 11 a.m. PDT. Bids are due May 18 and city staff expect to provide a contract to the … [Read more...]

Not Wanting to Become Texas, New Jersey Grants $4 Million for Microgrid Studies

New Jersey regulators last week approved an additional $4 million for detailed microgrid designs as part of its ongoing Town Center Distributed Energy Resources Microgrid Program. The proposed microgrids, all for government entities, would serve 24 FEMA Category IV facilities (such as hospitals, police stations and water supply facilities) … [Read more...]

New Siemens Microgrid Plans to Provide Flexibility for Vienna’s Grid

A new microgrid at the Siemens corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria, was officially completed in November 2020, with plans to provide balancing services to Austria's electricity transmission system operator. Under construction since 2019, the Siemens campus microgrid includes 312 kW at peak capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, … [Read more...]

California School District Releases Terms, Pricing on Solar Microgrid Contracts with Engie

The Santa Barbara, California, school district this week approved entering into power purchase and performance service contracts with Engie Services US for 14 solar facilities, including six solar microgrids. At a January 12 meeting, the Santa Barbara Unified School District board gave the green light to power purchase agreements (PPAs) for … [Read more...]