Life Won Thanks to the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

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There is no way to say it that doesn’t sound dramatic. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid saved lives when its owner welcomed in the broader community during the recent sweep of wild-fire related power shutoffs in northwest Humboldt County, California. Some came to the tribal rancheria because they depend on medical equipment that runs on … [Read more...]

Southern California Tribe Issues RFP for Microgrid

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California's San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians (SPBMI) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that seeks design-build services for a hybrid microgrid that would supply electricity to essential buildings during utility outages. Release of the RFP follows power shut offs to millions of Calfornians in recent weeks as utilities attempt to … [Read more...]

Maryland Camp Goes Green, Gets Quick ROI with Microgrid

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A summer camp in Frederick, Maryland is operating a campus microgrid that leverages Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to achieve an immediate return on investment while delivering green energy. The net zero carbon microgrid serves Bar-T Mountainside Summer Camp, a 115-acre campus that offers after-school childcare, summer day camps, … [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...]

Connecticut Supercharges Plan for World’s Largest Fuel Cell Microgrid at $1 Billion Data Center

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Connecticut has supercharged development of a 20-MW fuel cell microgrid — part of a $1 billion data center project in New Britain — with a 10-year, $55.2 million sales and use tax exemption. EIP Investments intends to build a microgrid spanning 45,000 square-feet on the site of a shuttered Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing plant in … [Read more...]

When Your Campus Microgrid Works So Well No One Notices

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You know you’ve done something right when your new campus microgrid islands so seamlessly that you don’t even know it happened. That’s what occurred in February, in response to a communications glitch, at Montclair State University (MSU), the second largest university in New Jersey with 23,000 students. MSU's system includes a 5.4-MW … [Read more...]

History of Microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to Plug-and-Play

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While it may seem that microgrids are new, the history of microgrids shows they have been around in some form for years in the US — although they haven’t always been called microgrids. The first one was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station, which combined heat and power and produced electricity and thermal … [Read more...]

Nigerian Universities Graduate to Off-Grid Microgrids

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Four Nigerian universities will soon disconnect from the national grid with off-grid microgrids, as part of a national program to bring microgrids to dozens of universities. A subsidiary of Greece's Mytilineos, METKA Power West Africa is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for phase one of the four Energizing Education … [Read more...]

Georgia Makes a Big Clean Energy Move

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Georgia isn’t usually associated with bold clean energy moves, but this week state regulators decided to make some history. The Public Service Commission did so in a vote on Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan (IRP), a strategy that outlines what resources the utility plans to use over 20 years. (Dockets 42310 and 42311). Filed in … [Read more...]

Ameresco Explores the Benefits of Green Campus Microgrids

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president, Ameresco, describes the benefits of green campus microgrids. Such projects help campuses reach sustainability markers, as well as economic goals when they are financed through energy performance contracts. In addition, campus microgrids can serve as learning labs that give graduating students a leg up in the … [Read more...]