Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids

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Juhl Energy has built its business around developing, owning and operating utility-scale wind. But market conditions have changed, and now the Minnesota company is expanding its reach, including into microgrid finance. Unregulated subsidiaries of large utilities have come to dominate utility-scale wind power in the US. That prompted Juhl … [Read more...]

Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

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If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Growing, But Education about Benefits Needed

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The microgrid market is growing — at different paces in different segments — but the industry needs to educate others about its benefits, according to leading industry members. “I would consider the current microgrid market to be highly diverse. There are opportunities to be involved in utility, building, campus, government, and industrial … [Read more...]

Denver Seeks Energy Developers for Microgrid at Planned $1B National Western Center

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Denver continues to forge ahead with sustainable energy projects, this time with release of a solicitation seeking microgrid developers for the $1 billion National Western Center (NWC). The city and county have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for energy developers to help design, build, operate and maintain the microgrid, which … [Read more...]

Engie and Axium Acquire Microgrid and District Energy System in Boston

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Engie North America and Axium Infrastructure have completed the acquisition of a microgrid and district energy system serving six Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in Massachusetts. Operating jointly as Longwood Energy Partners, the companies purchased the energy system from Mayflower Energy Partners, a joint venture of Morgan Stanley … [Read more...]

With a $30M Fund, Crescendo Power Offers Insight into the State of Play for Microgrid Financing

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As the microgrid market evolves, so does microgrid project finance. That's leading some finance providers to be more proactive in identifying promising deals and striking up working partnerships. Developers will gain an advantage if from the earliest stages they work closely with financiers that have the expertise and capital to execute deals … [Read more...]

ComEd Selects Siemens Microgrid Software for Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Commonwealth Edison will use Siemens microgrid software as the platform to manage a microgrid cluster that the Exelon subsidiary plans to develop in Chicago’s South Side. ComEd’s choice of the software marks the first major announcement on the Bronzeville microgrid, since it won approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission February … [Read more...]

Resilient Energy: Hidden in Plain Sight and Waiting to be Unlocked

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Resilient energy – technologies like microgrids that allow us to rebound quickly from a power outage – is evolving from a mere buzzword into a valuable product, sometimes even bumping green energy into second place. The US Army offers a good example of this change, as explained recently by Michael McGee, executive director of the Army’s Office … [Read more...]

Hawaii Campus Can Go 100% Renewable Thanks to Solar Microgrid

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University of Hawaii Maui College plans to go 100 percent green--likely a first-of-its-kind on a college campus--thanks to a solar microgrid equipped with 42 MWh of energy storage that serves five campuses. Johnson Controls is providing the battery storage and controls and Pacific Current -- a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries -- … [Read more...]