Community Microgrids

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

A Microgrid for Every Electric Bus Stop in Martha’s Vineyard Town

EVs, microgrids and renewables

Off the coast of Massachusetts, on the history-filled island of Martha's Vineyard, tourists may soon find themselves journeying into the future on a bus that is wirelessly charged by microgrids. The microgrids are part of the Vineyard Transit Authority's larger clean energy transportation plan, now being put in place with electric buses, … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Teams with Arensis on Blockchain Software for Microgrids

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Schneider Electric and software company Arensis will team up to develop smart microgrids using blockchain to help those in remote areas of the world make electricity transactions. A major player in microgrids, Schneider Electric has already delivered several distributed energy projects with California-based Arensis. The companies will now … [Read more...]

We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?

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US energy researchers and a group of energy, public policy and labor interests in Puerto Rico last week issued a plan to put the island on a path towards 100 percent renewable energy. With power costs at 23 cents/kWh, it makes economic sense to develop generation that's not subject to fossil fuel price volatility and long power outages, … [Read more...]

Private Funding Strategies Streamline Path to Sustainable, Local Economic Success through Energy-as-a-Service

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores what DEN calls the "community resilience imperative," and how innovative private funding strategies are streamlining the path to sustainable, local economic success through energy-as-a-service.  The central goal of both public and … [Read more...]

Renewvia Completes Two Kenya Microgrids, Positions for Growth in Africa

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Renewvia has completed two Kenya microgrids on islands in Lake Victoria and expects to bring a third online soon as part of its larger strategy to light up rural Africa. The Atlanta, Georgia company is positioning to develop 43 solar-storage systems in Kenya and neighboring Uganda and Nigeria, CEO Trey Jarrard told Microgrid … [Read more...]

Schneider Fund “Pre-Seeds” Off-Grid Microgrid Tech Developer

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Schneider Electric’s impact investing arm recently led a “pre-seed” funding round that paves the way for Australia startup Okra Solar to expand its off-grid microgrid product into Southeast Asia. Okra Solar offers the Okra Pod -- a systems controller that creates modular microgrids by networking and balancing rooftop solar PV and battery energy … [Read more...]

A Call for the Microgrid Industry to Join Forces Following Rejection of Carson, California Project

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A California developer is calling for the microgrid industry to join forces to improve communications with communities following the rejection of a project by Carson, California earlier this month. Craig Wooster, manager of the Stone Edge Farm microgrid, has issued an open letter saying the microgrid industry must find a way to speak with a … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to the Microgrid Industry

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Following rejection of a microgrid by Carson, California, Craig Wooster, manager of the Stone Edge Farm microgrid, urges  the industry to join forces to create standards and better educate communities about the value of the technology. The City of Carson was given the opportunity to participate in a $10 million grant provided by the … [Read more...]

Australian Town Pursues Solar Microgrid to Reduce Use of Coal

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid describes a community in Australia that is building a solar microgrid to reduce use of coal to generate electricity. The northeastern Victorian town of Euroa has become the latest regional center to turn to locally generated and stored solar power to shore up its electricity supply, and reduce demand from … [Read more...]

Inside the Rockefeller Foundation’s $20 Million Plan to Improve Energy Access in India

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The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced it will invest $20 million to expand energy access in rural India over the next three years. Off-grid renewable minigrids, as microgrids are known in India, figure prominently in the foundation's plans. Smart Power India, a program launched by the foundation in 2015, intends to bring sustainable … [Read more...]