More Opportunity for Microgrids as Texas Coal Plants Retire

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Texas appears to be headed for a precarious summer with the potential for a tight power supply – a situation that could create opportunity for quick response microgrids. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, issued a warning signal in late 2017. … [Read more...]

South Australia to Build World’s Largest Virtual Power Plant and Sizable Solar Microgrid

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South Australia lit up the distributed energy map yesterday with word that it will build the world’s biggest virtual power plant and a separate, sizable commercial solar microgrid. The 250-MW virtual power plant, which will use Tesla Powerwalls, will encompass 50,000 homes at full build-out in four years. The homes will be networked via … [Read more...]

Are Cryptocurrency Miners a New Market for Solar Plus Storage Microgrids?

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Cryptocurrency miners are considering microgrids to meet the high energy demand of Bitcoin production -- and a California microgrid developer is on top of the trend. San Diego-based CleanSpark is designing a grid-connected, solar plus storage microgrid for a large, unnamed cryptocurrency mining operation. The project is noteworthy because of … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

Ameresco Project Goes Live to Anchor Philadelphia Navy Yard Microgrid

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A generating plant that will serve as anchor for the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid -- one of the largest private microgrids in the U.S. -- is now in operation. Project developer Ameresco announced completion of the new 6-MW natural gas peaking plant Tuesday, in a ceremony also attended by the PIDC -- Philadelphia’s public-private economic … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Moves Forward with Microgrid Projects in Connecticut, Maryland, California and Wisconsin

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Schneider Electric has struck a $4.5 million deal with Milford, Connecticut to design and build a microgrid project for five critical facilities. The Connecticut microgrid is one of several that Schneider issued a progress report on this week. Milford is building the microgrid to serve a middle school, the senior center, River Park Elderly … [Read more...]

S&C Electric: Survey Finds U.S. Business Taking Action on Electric Reliability

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Survey results released today by S&C Electric find that businesses are taking action to ensure electric reliability as the U.S. economy grapples with power outage costs of $79 billion per year. The Chicago-based smart grid company surveyed 250 energy managers at commercial and industrial businesses across the U.S.  The results are … [Read more...]

Four California Microgrid Projects Recommended for $22M in Grants

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California officials on Friday recommended $22 million in grants for four microgrid projects, in the first group of awards out of a $44.7 million offering. The first round of funding is designated for microgrid projects at California military bases, ports, and native American tribal facilities (GFO-17-302). Learn more about California microgrid … [Read more...]

Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Wins California’s Highest Environmental Honor

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Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery, home of a microgrid noted for its performance during the California wildfires last year, now has received an additional accolade -- California’s highest environmental honor, Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). The Sonoma-based wine producer was recognized for “Sustainable … [Read more...]

Getting Horticultural Pests Under Control with the Help of a 10-MW Microgrid

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Dutch company Alfen will supply a 10-MW microgrid for a new facility in the Netherlands being built by Koppert Biological Systems, a global player in sustainable, biological controls for horticulture. The production facility will be located at Berkel and Rodenrijs, a town in the western Netherlands, where Koppert will produce insects that are … [Read more...]