Community Microgrids

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

How Cities and the Military Can Join Forces to Improve Resilience, Add Microgrids

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In an iconic photo from last August's Hurricane Harvey, a national guardsman in near waist-high flood waters carries a woman to safety on his back. The photo depicts a common thread found in disaster rescue – the military are called. So it makes sense that today’s movement to improve urban resilience – and add microgrids – looks to the … [Read more...]

Seattle City Light to Issue RFP for $3.3 Million Community Center Microgrid

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Seattle City Light plans to issue a request for proposals in May for a contractor to build a $3.3 million community center microgrid for the city's parks and recreation department. The publicly owned utility will seek an engineering, procurement and construction company to install the microgrid at the Miller Community Center, which is operated … [Read more...]

Independents and Utilities at Odds Over Who Builds Microgrids in Maryland

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As they compete for their stake in the growing market for microgrids, independent companies and utilities are again at odds before state regulators, this time in Maryland. At issue are two public purpose microgrids proposed by Pepco, an Exelon subsidiary that serves 842,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The utility has … [Read more...]

Army Corps Mobile Microgrid App Improves Power Restoration on Puerto Rico

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The US Army Corps of Engineers' Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico is hastening grid restoration efforts with the help of a new microgrid app to site and manage installations. *Credit: US Army Corpos of Engineers Developed in-house, the microgrid app enhances the ability of field staff to site, commission and decommission mobile … [Read more...]

With a $30M Fund, Crescendo Power Offers Insight into the State of Play for Microgrid Financing

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As the microgrid market evolves, so does microgrid project finance. That's leading some finance providers to be more proactive in identifying promising deals and striking up working partnerships. Developers will gain an advantage if from the earliest stages they work closely with financiers that have the expertise and capital to execute deals … [Read more...]

Energy Non-Profit Sees Paradigm Shift as Puerto Rico Prepares for the Next Big One

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Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a non-profit energy relief effort, is scaling up its operations, installing solar-storage microgrids in towns and communities, readying the island as yet another hurricane season approaches. With a goal to raise $2.5 million and install 100 community-centered microgrids across Puerto Rico, the organization … [Read more...]

ComEd Selects Siemens Microgrid Software for Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Commonwealth Edison will use Siemens microgrid software as the platform to manage a microgrid cluster that the Exelon subsidiary plans to develop in Chicago’s South Side. ComEd’s choice of the software marks the first major announcement on the Bronzeville microgrid, since it won approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission February … [Read more...]

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...]