Why University & College Microgrids Make Financial Sense for Today’s Educational Institutions

Read the next article in our special report series on college microgrids. Learn how microgrids are becoming more affordable — and valuable — for today's educational institutions. And explore microgrids as revenue producers.  Microgrids can help campuses reduce peak demand charges, which for some institutions can be onerous, accounting for as … [Read more...]

How University Microgrids Give Campuses Intelligent Control of Energy Assets and Use

Read the next article in our special report series on university microgrids. What makes up a true microgrid? And how do microgrids protect campuses from outages, as well as optimize renewable energy? A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. voters by the Civil Society Institute found that most had never heard of the term microgrid, or they had heard of … [Read more...]

What is Transactive Energy and Why is it Important to Microgrids?

The growing emphasis on using microgrids to generate revenue is leading to increased discussion of transactive energy, a concept described in a new paper by Monash University researchers and featured at the recent Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference. The Monash paper, "Transactive Energy Market for Energy Management in Microgrids: The … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Covid-19 Impact on Universities: Microgrids for Resilience, Cost Savings & Sustainability

Bill Kipnis, of the Siemens Building Performance & Sustainability Division, explores how university microgrids can ramp up resilience, cost savings and sustainability — all crucially important in navigating the COVID-19 impact on these institutions.  I recently moderated a higher education panel at Microgrid Knowledge’s Virtual Microgrid … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrids Emerge as Solution to Energy Challenges in Higher Education

This special report series on campus microgrids and reliable, renewable energy in higher education begins with an entry that explores the energy goals of today's colleges and universities — and how to reach them.  When it comes to choosing among energy supply options, colleges and universities have three primary goals: 1. Gain greater … [Read more...]

Maryland Announces Funding for 14 Microgrid Projects

Maryland yesterday announced winners in its resilience solicitation, 14 facilities that speak to the range of operations now pursuing microgrid projects — from marginalized neighborhoods to food production operations to a marine terminal. The winners will divvy up $1.05 million provided by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Resilient … [Read more...]

Three Key Ideas Emerging about Microgrids in an Era of Societal Disruption

Microgrids are among the disruptive class of tech, that which challenges the status quo to improve society. However, lately a technology’s worth is based less on how well it disrupts and more on how well it responds to societal disruption. With the disruption brought by COVID-19, products like teleconferencing, home delivery and telemedicine … [Read more...]

What Trends are Driving Growth for the Microgrid Market?

John Hostetter, Ameresco senior engineering & technology development lead, sits down with Microgrid Knowledge to share his views on what's driving the microgrid market and the sectors and regions seeing the most activity. How would you characterize the microgrid market now versus where it was last year? What changes have you … [Read more...]

Do Hawaii’s Rules Frustrate Microgrid Growth?

Hawaii has plenty of sun available for business, home and school microgrids, but deploying them can be tough due to existing policies and regulations. Frustration is running high among people who’d like to see more solar and microgrids deployed, including a homeowner, a school district and an industry group described in this article. Some of … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara, California Seeks Bids for at Least Six School Microgrids, Solar and Storage

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has issued a request for proposals for at least six school microgrids as part of a solar and resiliency project that encompasses 15 locations. The solicitation comes as schools and other California institutions and businesses seek ways to ensure electric reliability following last year’s power … [Read more...]