Microgrids for agriculture and food processors: simple solutions to energy problems

A new white paper from GreenStruxure explores how agricultural microgrids can provide simple solutions to energy problems for food processors, the agriculture industry and the wider food supply chain. Farmers, food processors and operators in the agriculture space are increasingly challenged by energy problems like higher energy costs, … [Read more...]

As electrification grows, car dealerships become prime candidates for microgrids

US car dealerships are finding they need to upgrade their electrical infrastructure — and fast — given that more than half of their sales are expected to come from electric vehicles (EVs) before the decade is out.  Sean Gouda, executive vice president of Future Energy, outlined what car dealerships face as their electric demand grows from … [Read more...]

Port of Long Beach, Schneider Electric start construction on $12.2 million microgrid project

The Port of Long Beach and Schneider Electric have started construction on a $12.2 million microgrid project that will provide reliable, zero-emissions electricity for the port's Joint Command and Control Center. Funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the microgrid is expected to be online in November. In 2018, … [Read more...]

Hotel microgrids cut energy costs, meet demand from guests for sustainability

Travelers are looking for accommodations that meet sustainability goals, and a hotel microgrid can help meet that demand with financial help from federal incentives and participation in energy markets. Travelers have good reason to search for sustainable hotels. Because hotels operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and include refrigeration, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Talk: What’s the single statistic microgrid customers need to understand?

In this 10-minute Microgrid Talk interview, our experts answer the question: "What energy statistic do you wish microgrid customers better understood?" This is the first of three interviews in our "Microgrid Truths, Lucky Truths and Statistics" series. (Yes, we are flipping around Mark Twains' words: "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics." — Elisa … [Read more...]

Why aren’t there more small wind turbines on buildings?

Solar panels and batteries are common elements of a microgrid. Wind turbines, on the other hand, are more of a rarity. Large wind turbines can be found in microgrids built on islands or in remote blustery locales. But smaller rooftop wind turbines, befitting a city skyline, are rare. Solar panels are the more common sight. Cities can be … [Read more...]

Microgrid becomes steppingstone for Puerto Rico town aiming for 100% renewables

The tiny town of Maricao, Puerto Rico, is in the midst of a campaign to become 100% renewable, and it recently took a step in that direction by winning a competition for a microgrid offered through the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). One of the smallest towns in Puerto Rico (p. 5,430) and accustomed to daily power outages, the … [Read more...]

Ikea’s microgrid in Australia reaches milestone

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off The Grid provides an update on a microgrid being built by Ikea in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. The groundbreaking solar and battery microgrid being built to power the Adelaide store of Swedish furniture giant, Ikea, has reached a major milestone, after the rooftop PV component of the project … [Read more...]

The microgrid projects keep coming … Ameresco, Enchanted Rock and 127 Energy

This week brought announcements of some signature microgrid projects, most notably a microgrid that Ameresco and PEI Energy are building for Prince Edward Islands (PEI), Canada. The picturesque coastal province first announced plans for the microgrid in April 2020, describing it then as a part of a move to ease COVID-19 related financial … [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...]