UC Berkeley extends deadlines for campus microgrid solicitation

The University of California, Berkeley, which is undertaking an aggressive plan to create a carbon-free electricity system for its campus, has extended the deadlines for its solicitation for technical and engineering consulting services for a microgrid. Originally due March 11, bids are now due March 25. Potential bidders should take note … [Read more...]

Maryland offers new funding for microgrids and resiliency hubs

Application deadlines are coming up in March for funds being offered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) for microgrids and resiliency projects. The state is continuing previous microgrid funding and also launching a new capital development program. Since it began offering microgrid grants in 2020, Maryland has given a boost to … [Read more...]

22 intriguing microgrid projects to watch in 2022

Last year one of the most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge was “21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021,” so this year we’re offering up a new list for 2022. The microgrid industry has been busy — there was no shortage of projects to choose from. In fact, our initial list netted twice what we needed. Since it’s 2022 not 2044, … [Read more...]

Schools and Universities Save Money with Microgrids

A new white paper from Mesa Solutions explores how a microgrid can save schools and universities money by reducing downtime costs, energy costs and environmental costs. According to Mesa Solutions, "When it comes to why schools are a particularly good place for saving money with microgrids, it’s important to take the path of stone-cold … [Read more...]

5 common questions about microgrids answered

As the microgrid industry grows, more and more readers new to the technology come to Microgrid Knowledge looking to learn the basics. So today we’re taking a step back from our usual flow of industry news to offer a compendium of resources that answers five common questions about microgrids. We offer short explanations for those looking for … [Read more...]

Steps to Develop Microgrids Easier, Faster and Cheaper: Oct. 27 Webinar

Microgrid developers are facing growing pains as new market demands emerge. Customer needs are shifting and projects are becoming more complex. How can they make microgrid development easier, faster and cheaper and avoid costly scope gaps? For the answers join us Oct. 27  for a live webinar hosted by Microgrid Knowledge and featuring Siemens, … [Read more...]

Florida Power and Light Partners with Florida International University on Microgrid

Hurricane season in the US continues through Nov. 30, so reminders to be ready for power outages are frequent in Florida. And when future outages occur, the microgrid built by a Florida Power and Light (FPL)-Florida International University (FIU) partnership will supply backup power to FIU's engineering center — considered one of the most high-tech … [Read more...]

Congressman Jimmy Panetta: Microgrids to Move to Front Line of Climate Fight

Microgrids are not just a revolution in the US, but a reality across the globe, said California Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) in the keynote speech at Microgrid California, a one-day event held yesterday in the San Francisco Bay Area and organized by Microgrid Knowledge. Panetta thanked conference participants for being on the … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Monash University Offers Help in Developing Microgrids with New Toolbox

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes a microgrid toolbox offered by Monash University in Australia to help those trying to develop projects. The team behind a groundbreaking solar and battery storage microgrid installed at the Clayton campus of Victoria’s Monash University has developed an online toolbox to help other businesses, … [Read more...]