Community Microgrids

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

Turns out Democrats and Republicans Agree on Something: Microgrids

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In an era of bipartisan wrangling, it turns out microgrids are one thing US voters agree upon — at least once they understand them. That’s the finding of a survey conducted for the Civil Society Institute, a Massachusetts think tank that works to uncover common ground on education, healthcare, water, energy and other issues. Last year the … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

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Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

Switzerland Community Successfully Trials Local Blockchain Electricity Market

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A community in Switzerland has completed a successful year long trial of a blockchain electricity market, a technology being eyed for community microgrids. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) funded project Quartierstrom, the first of its kind in the world, involving 37 households in Walenstadt, Switzerland. For one year, the community … [Read more...]

From Gold Rush to Microgrid Push in Nevada County, California

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Nevada County in Northern California sprawls west to east from the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada mountains over the top of the snow-covered peaks to near Lake Tahoe. Dotted with former mining towns, including the county seat, Nevada City, and the sister city of Grass Valley, the region is the heart of Gold Rush country. It is also a … [Read more...]

“Home as a Service” Model Brings Affordable Microgrids to Military Veterans

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A California community plans to provide microgrids to 37 US military veterans in Perris, California, under a home as a service model that the developer hopes to replicate nationally. All American Homes is acting as builder with Instant On, a battery and fuel cell distribution company, providing batteries, solar and controls for the pilot … [Read more...]

Solar Advocates See Opportunity to Take Microgrids to the Next Level in California

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California’s response to the twin threats of wildfires and power shutoffs should encompass solar-plus-storage solutions, including large scale microgrids, according to a new report from advocacy group Vote Solar. The report raises concerns that Pacific Gas & Electric will choose only fossil fuel generators at 20 substations in Northern … [Read more...]

Which Power Systems Boost City Resilience — and for How Long?

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Which power systems boost city resilience during power outages — and for how long? Answering that question is one of the objectives of a report from American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Community Resilience Planning and Clean Energy Initiatives The report rates cities based on their resilience efforts, including … [Read more...]

CHP Microgrid Can Serve Needs of 26,000 at College When Grid is Down

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A combined heat and power (CHP) microgrid operated by Veolia can supply 100% of the power needed for the 26,000 people at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, switching into island mode automatically when the grid is down. The CHP microgrid, which has been operating for six years, is an example of how colleges and other … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Help Produce 500,000 Pounds of Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Arugula and Herbs 

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Schneider Electric and Scale Microgrid Solutions are partnering on a 1.75 MW microgrid for a major indoor farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scale Microgrid will design, build, own, and operate the system for Fifth Season, a startup indoor farming company, using standardized microgrid modules.  Using Schneider Electric lithium-ion … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Come to California with Speed — and Invention

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Utility microgrids are coming to California — and fast — according to plans filed before state regulators last week by the state’s three investor-owned utilities. At the urging of the public utilities commission, the utilities are trying to install microgrids quickly, many in 2020, to reduce power outages when the next wildfire season … [Read more...]