Community Microgrids

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

Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

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At the tail end of installing 15 solar plus storage microgrids across Puerto Rico -- all of the work charitable -- Sonnen and Pura Energia are providing humanitarian relief and a hint of the energy model the island could become. The latest installation, for a school in the mountain town of Orocovis, comes as over 14 percent of Puerto Ricans … [Read more...]

More Government Microgrid Funding, This Time from Ontario

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Ontario awarded US$1.97 million in microgrid funding for three projects Friday, continuing what’s been a significant round of government financial backing in North America this month. Earlier in February, California selected 10 microgrid projects to receive $51.9 million in grants, and Massachusetts announced $1.05 million in feasibility study … [Read more...]

Details on the 14 Massachusetts Community Microgrid Projects that Won Funding

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Massachusetts named 14 community microgrid projects that will each receive grants of $75,000 for microgrid feasibility studies. Here are the project details provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, following the February 21 announcement. Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown Application Team: Partners HealthCare, Thompson … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Funds 14 Microgrid Projects in 12 Communities

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Massachusetts today named 14 microgrid projects that will each receive grants of $75,000 for microgrid feasibility studies. In doing so, Massachusetts became the second state in as many days to allot a block of money to microgrid projects. California yesterday chose 10 projects to receive a total of $51.9 million in matching grants. The … [Read more...]

California Names 10 Winners for $51.9 Million in Microgrid Grants

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Look for acceleration of the already active California microgrid market following yesterday’s announcement that 10 new projects will receive $51.9 million in microgrid grants. The money comes from the California Energy Commission, which had originally planned to allot $44.7 million but increased the offering after reviewing the 60 grant … [Read more...]

New Orleans Eyes Microgrid Development as Part of Smart Cities Strategy

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The City of New Orleans, a U.S. poster child for the destructive power of hurricanes, is eyeing a plan to develop microgrids as part of a larger smart cities strategy proposed this week. The city council's utility committee voted Wednesday to require that Entergy New Orleans develop a grid modernization plan that would include microgrids, … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Moves Forward with Microgrid Projects in Connecticut, Maryland, California and Wisconsin

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Schneider Electric has struck a $4.5 million deal with Milford, Connecticut to design and build a microgrid project for five critical facilities. The Connecticut microgrid is one of several that Schneider issued a progress report on this week. Milford is building the microgrid to serve a middle school, the senior center, River Park Elderly … [Read more...]

Mini-Grids Foolhardy No Longer, Husk Power Raises $20M via Engie, Shell & Swedfund


With a $20 million venture capital infusion for their mini-grids, Husk Power Systems is pressing forward with its mission to electrify rural communities, much like the one in India where the company's founder grew up. From new headquarters in Colorado, the 10-year-old company is advancing a mini-grid technology that uses organic agricultural … [Read more...]