Community Microgrids

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

Traveling the Toughest Miles to Bring Light: the Manipur Microgrid Project

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Some microgrids are easy to install; others not so much. The Manipur microgrids found in remote India fall on the far side of ‘not so much.’ Workers trekked many miles of steep, mountainous, often unpaved terrain to install inverterless, DC solar-storage microgrids in 3,026 homes across 112 villages in 10 districts spread out over a large … [Read more...]

Life Won Thanks to the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

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There is no way to say it that doesn’t sound dramatic. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid saved lives when its owner welcomed in the broader community during the recent sweep of wild-fire related power shutoffs in northwest Humboldt County, California. Some came to the tribal rancheria because they depend on medical equipment that runs on … [Read more...]

H-E-B as a ‘Community Hero’ during Hurricane Harvey

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The following excerpt from a new Microgrid Knowledge special report explores how one Texas-based grocery-store chain used microgrids to form a reliable backup power system that would keep it up and running through hurricanes and other natural disasters. Explore the H-E-B microgrids.  The Texas-based H-E-B grocery store chain served by … [Read more...]

World Bank Looks Forward to Nigerian Minigrid Boom

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The World Bank expects a boom in Nigeria's minigrid sector as the multilateral development bank and Nigerian government introduce an auction as part of a five-year, $550 million minigrid tender. The tender is part of a minigrid and solar home electrification program that has been running since June. Speaking at an industry conference held … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]

Good Microgrids Make Good Neighbors: EcoBlock Seeks Model Way to Share Energy

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As a neighborhood microgrid forms in Oakland, California, project planners find themselves grappling with a question unique to the age of local energy: How will neighbors cooperate with one another to share electricity? Being developed by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, the Oakland EcoBlock Project aims to provide an … [Read more...]

PG&E May Speed Development of 40 Microgrids Following Power Shutoff

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may speed development of 40 microgrids to help customers maintain electricity when wildfire threats force it to deenergize portions of its grid. The utility described its plans Friday in a four-hour emergency meeting called by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in response to the October … [Read more...]

San Jose Looks to Exit PG&E to Develop Microgrids Following California’s Power Shutoff

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The mayor of San Jose, California wants more microgrids in his city following Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) recent power shutoff — and he’s willing to break ties with the utility to do it. Mayor Sam Liccardo late last week petitioned the city council to create a municipal utility “for the purposes of strategic development of … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Microgrid Launches Campaign to Create Regulatory Sandbox

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Brooklyn Microgrid, the first energy project in the United States to use blockchain technology for energy transactions, is trying to win regulatory approval that would make it possible for project participants to buy and sell energy to each other. Run by LO3 Energy as a test project since 2016, the microgrid began in the Park Slope … [Read more...]

Siemens Explores a Holistic Approach to Wildfire Mitigation

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz highlights a different way to approach wildfires. Explore why many businesses are taking a look at alternative solutions to a growing number of natural disasters, like microgrids for wildfires.  Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. … [Read more...]