Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Surprise, Confusion and Now a Closer Look at the Carson Microgrid

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The city council of Carson, California has opted to take a closer look at a community microgrid proposed by Charge Bliss, although the city manager recommended that the project be nixed. With a September deadline looming for a potential $10 million state grant, the council scheduled a workshop on the microgrid for Tuesday, August 14. The … [Read more...]

Will this California City Become a Shining Example for Microgrids or a Cautionary Tale?

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To David Bliss the proposed Carson City solar project offers the best of what the microgrid industry offers: a way to help green the energy supply of a disadvantaged community, save it some money, and provide electric reliability. So the founder of Charge Bliss is bewildered by what he’s about to face today: a possible vote by the city … [Read more...]

How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

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Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Beat Grid Power Costs in the Developing World

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Community microgrids increasingly appear to be more cost-effective than extending the central grid in the developing world, according to new findings by Bloomberg NEF. With an improved price position, microgrids will serve 34 million of the 238 million households that will be electrified between now and 2030. Another 72 million will install … [Read more...]

Making Way for Wholesale Distributed Generation: Not for the Faint of Heart

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Craig Lewis, founder and executive director, the Clean Coalition, is taking on the formidable task of galvanizing policy support in California for wholesale distributed generation, or WDG. This means nothing short of changing the way transmission costs are considered. In addition, the Clean Coalition is advocating for the use of feed-in … [Read more...]

Powerhive and Sun Exchange Aim to Invest $23M in Microgrids for Kenya & Sub-Saharan Africa

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Two pioneering players in Africa's fast-emerging, distributed solar energy industry are working together with the aim of funding off-grid, solar-storage microgrids across rural Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. Backed with capital from Caterpillar Ventures, First Solar and the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation, Berkeley, … [Read more...]

Tribe Seeks Energy Sovereignty With Solar Microgrid, Eco-Village & Utility

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A tribal community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is pursuing energy sovereignty with a solar microgrid, eco-village and Tribal Utility Authority, and to date has received two federal grants to support this effort. The Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corp (MWCDC) hopes to establish energy self-sufficiency that supports its sustainability … [Read more...]

Why Sustainable Power Systems is Adding BluWave-ai Artificial Intelligence to its Microgrid Controller

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Technology provider Sustainable Power Systems is incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into its microgrid controller via BluWave-ai, a company dedicated to bringing AI to distributed, renewable energy. The move comes as AI use grows across a range of industries to provide bespoke solutions based on empirical data and advanced, … [Read more...]

Should All Utility Customers Pay for EV Infrastructure and Microgrids?

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An accord signed by a range of stakeholders this week opens the door toward rate-based EV infrastructure, which raises the question: Should rate-based microgrids be next? Endorsed by automakers, utilities, labor groups, consumer advocates, and environmental organizations, the Transportation Electrification Accord creates a roadmap for … [Read more...]

Village Microgrids Up and Running in the Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

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Modern, environmentally friendly energy is available to villagers in the Indian Sundarbans -- the world's largest, remaining mangrove forest ecosystem -- thanks to village microgrids deployed as a result of WWF-India's Project Sahasra Jyoti. Home to 4.5 million people, the region depends on kerosene, candles and forest biomass for cooking … [Read more...]