Chick-fil-A Restaurants to Install Test Microgrids ahead of Possible National Rollout

Ahead of a possible national rollout, SolMicroGrid, an energy-as-a-service microgrid company, is setting up microgrids at three Chick-fil-A restaurants in California. Restaurants in San Diego, Santa Rosa and Stockton will beta-test the SolMicroGrid system designed for 5,000-square-foot buildings, according to the company, which is backed by … [Read more...]

Not Just Solar, But Also Wind-Powered Microgrids

Wind-powered microgrids are relatively rare, but two companies -- CleanSpark and FlowGen — have inked a deal to change that. FlowGen, a wind turbine technology company based in Switzerland, has agreed to use CleanSpark's mPulse controls in all of its microgrid projects across the globe. CleanSpark was granted exclusive distribution rights … [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...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Three Winners of the 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

This year’s Microgrid Greater Good Award winners provide essential services to refugees in Uganda, electrify a birthing clinic in Kenya and keep food fresh and safe in South Australia. The awards were announced today at Microgrid 2021, a virtual conference hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. Microgrid Knowledge launched the award program three … [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...]

Blackstone Commits $500 Million for GreenStruxure Microgrids

A Blackstone company has committed microgrid financing of up to $500 million for GreenStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Huck Capital that develops modular, energy-as-a-service microgrids for commercial and industrial (C&I), and governmental medium-sized buildings. The agreement with Blackstone's ClearGen allows … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy Moves Ahead with Wisconsin Microgrid Pilot not Paid for in Rates

Xcel Energy is launching a resiliency-as-a-service pilot for its commercial and industrial customers, with Xcel paying for 90% of the behind-the-meter microgrid costs upfront, getting paid back by the microgrid users over 10 years, and excluding the costs of the program from the rate base. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission May 13 … [Read more...]

Microgrids Provide Hospitals Energy Security in Times of Need

Standby generators can provide short-term emergency power for hospitals, but as energy interruptions grow more frequent and last for longer periods of time, our health care facilities need more reliable, robust and resilient backup power systems. A new white paper from Mesa Solutions explores how microgrids provide hospitals with energy security in … [Read more...]

WattEV Plans 25-MW Electric Truck Stop Microgrid

Startup company WattEV plans to build a first-of-its-kind, 25-MW microgrid in Bakersfield, California, that would host chargers for electric trucks. "Having it as a microgrid with its own solar generation and battery storage is key to being able to have a stable supply of affordable high-power electricity for the chargers," said Salim … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Finalists for Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the six finalists for this year's Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the six finalists, three winners will be chosen and announced June 1, as part of Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, a free virtual conference that has attracted several thousand participants from across the globe. Now … [Read more...]