Community Microgrids

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

Getting the Most Out of Microgrids: Strategies, Tools & Technologies to Reap Societal Benefits

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What strategies and tools can help microgrids reap benefits, including societal, financial and environmental gain? Microgrid Knowledge recently sought perspective from some of the panelists who will be featured at Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid, May 14-16 in San Diego. Patrick Lee, founder of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a … [Read more...]

Why It’s Hard to Create a Network of Community Microgrids in California

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Clean Coalition is on a mission to alter transmission access charges that the organization says unfairly boost the cost of local renewable energy and community microgrids in California. Eliminating the charges for locally produced renewables would lower the cost of renewable energy and microgrids, paving the way for more of both, says Craig … [Read more...]

California Aggregator Seeks Microgrid Hosts as Part of Community Choice Program

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Monterey Bay Community Power, a community choice aggregation in California, plans to develop microgrids and Friday released an application seeking customers to host projects. The solicitation (MGA-01-001) is the first step toward installing one or more microgrid projects in the aggregrator's service territory: Monterey, San Benito and Santa … [Read more...]

Micro or Mini: There’s a Grid Type for Every Energy Need

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun highlights the growing microgrid options for communities, businesses and institutions today. Microgrids or minigrids? Haun breaks it down.  In its Q4 2018 Microgrid Deployment Tracker, Navigant Research reported 2,258 microgrid projects, representing nearly 20 GW of capacity across seven geographies. Interestingly, … [Read more...]

Medford, Massachusett Moves Forward with Microgrid to Reduce Demand Charges, Improve Resiliency

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Medford, Massachusetts is moving forward with a microgrid designed to improve resilience for its public works department and reduce the city’s electric demand charges. The city this week selected solar installer Solect Energy to engineer, procure, install, and service the grid-connected microgrid. The Medford microgrid is being built … [Read more...]

Off-Grid Minigrids to Bring Sustainable Energy to 160,000 in Tanzania

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An ambitious project is underway to install minigrids for more than 160,000 off-grid villagers on islands in Lake Victoria. JUMEME Rural Power Supply recently launched phase one to commission by June 11 solar-hybrid minigrids for 20 villages and more than 80,000 villagers. Eleven more minigrids are slated for another 23 villages, 160,000 … [Read more...]

Montecito Community Microgrid Emerges from Mudslides and Wildfires

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A little more than a year ago, California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties suffered from a month-long fire that destroyed 1,000 structures. And a month later, in January 2018, heavy rains drenched the hillsides and caused mudslides, all in the same general area. Twenty-three lives were lost, not to mention the loss of 100 homes. … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

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New Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency.  The growth of distributed resources is forcing utilities and grid … [Read more...]

CrossBoundary Energy Access Raises $16 Million to Finance 190 Solar Minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa

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CrossBoundary Energy Access is investing an initial $16 million of capital to finance about 190 solar minigrids, each with a capacity of 6 kW-1 MW, across Sub-Saharan Africa. All told, the minigrids will bring electricity to nearly 34,000 off-grid, rural households and businesses -- about 70,000 people who now lack energy access, according … [Read more...]

Microgrids Can Protect Public Health. So Why Aren’t We Using More that Way?

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Microgrids can protect public health during power outages by keeping the water clean, ensuring medical facilities are running, and keeping people cool during dangerous heat waves. But a number of challenges must be overcome, especially at the policy level, in order to realize these benefits. Both public-health and electricity industry … [Read more...]