Community Microgrids

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

In storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, those with microgrids help those without

During the outages that have hobbled Puerto Rico since Hurricane Fiona hit September 18, a fire station and 45 residents on the island of Culebra have benefited from power supplied by microgrids — and have shared the wealth with their neighbors, many of them still without electricity. Puerto Rico was still rebuilding its infrastructure from … [Read more...]

Not all microgrid controllers are created equal

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, explains why different microgrid implementations require different controllers. When people think about microgrids, they often envision a microgrid in a box scenario where one or two energy sources such as a battery and solar panels are connected to a basic … [Read more...]

How microgrids performed during the summer heatwave

During this summer’s heatwave in the US, multi-tasking microgrids kept the lights on in a small California community surrounded by wildfire, supported the Texas grid during power emergencies, islanded to relieve stress on the California power system and helped an Oregon military facility meet its air conditioning needs when temperatures … [Read more...]

Solar microgrids to electrify 80 new communities in India

Armed with $6 million in new debt financing, Husk Power Systems announced last week that it will begin electrifying 80 new communities in India with solar microgrids. This new project will deliver reliable power to nearly 10,000 new customers and benefit about 60,000 people. The company already has roughly 150 community microgrid systems … [Read more...]

From microgrids to the moon: The unusual journey of Blue Planet Energy

Henk Rogers sold his computer game company in 2005 for a sizable sum. But he had little time to celebrate. Within one month he found himself in the back of an ambulance with a 100% arterial blockage to the heart, a condition also known as a “widow maker.” This is not how energy companies usually begin. But that moment marked the start of … [Read more...]

How to build more microgrids in rural communities — and why we should

Michelle Moore, former sustainability chief under President Obama, is keen on building microgrids to provide resilience and clean power for rural areas. Rural communities experience outages that are longer and more frequent than those in urban areas, said Moore, author of a new book, “Rural Renaissance: Revitalizing America’s Hometowns … [Read more...]

Sunnova wants to build and run community microgrids as a utility

Residential solar company Sunnova Energy took the bold and unusual step yesterday of seeking regulatory approval in California to act as a utility that owns and operates community microgrids. Microgrid developers have typically avoided being designated as utilities — in some cases fought against it — because few have the resources to take on … [Read more...]

Military microgrids to the rescue in California and New Mexico

The US Army, Navy and Marine Corps have made big microgrid commitments in recent months. In February, the Army announced it would build a microgrid at each of its bases worldwide by 2035. In May, the Navy and Marine Corps made similar commitments. So it's not surprising that military microgrid projects are making the news. In San Diego, there … [Read more...]

With policy changes, community resilience programs could make the most of microgrids

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has created a $170 million Community Energy Resilience investment program that will fund microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) — which is good news — but some say policy changes are needed to make the most of the program. “One of the perennial challenges has been a lack of structures … [Read more...]

Now available! View Microgrid 2022 on demand

If you couldn’t attend Microgrid 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past June, good news. We captured every session on video and it’s now available for you to view on demand. Each of the panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops and keynote addresses can be accessed through the links below or via the Microgrid Knowledge video … [Read more...]