100% Renewable Microgrid for Sweden’s Rural Community of Simris

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In the rural town of Simris in the South of Sweden, E.ON, a large European utility company, has been testing the islanding of a 100 percent renewable microgrid. Remote areas of Northern Scandinavia experience harsh winter storms, with falling trees causing damage to overhead power lines, resulting in power outages. Reliable microgrids that … [Read more...]

Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

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If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak problems in … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s UI Completes Woodbridge Microgrid

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United Illuminating (UI) has completed the Woodbridge microgrid, a project funded through Connecticut's  Microgrid Pilot Program. The microgrid will power police, fire and shelter services during storms, blackouts and other emergencies. Town and state leaders, including Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, gathered on Monday to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Rural NC Farm Cooperative Microgrid Increases Local Resilience

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Rural microgrids can improve local energy resilience and sustainability. One of these such rural microgrids — this time on a Harnett County, N.C., hog farm — was dedicated this past week in celebration of the project’s completion. The cooperative microgrid, which is expected to promote environmental sustainability and support the surrounding … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another presentation … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Growing, But Education about Benefits Needed

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The microgrid market is growing — at different paces in different segments — but the industry needs to educate others about its benefits, according to leading industry members. “I would consider the current microgrid market to be highly diverse. There are opportunities to be involved in utility, building, campus, government, and industrial … [Read more...]

Seeking the Right Business Model for Sub-Saharan Africa’s $11B Mini-grid Opportunity

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Work is underway by a new Rockefeller Foundation-backed lab to test mini-grid business models for Sub-Saharan Africa, where the technology could cost-effectively serve 100 million people, representing an $11 billion opportunity. In all, about 600 million people in the area do not have electricity, a problem being tackled by the Mini-Grid … [Read more...]

The Microgrids Worked as Puerto Rico’s Grid Went Down Again

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Reports from sources on the ground show that new microgrids and nanogrids in Puerto Rico proved their worth last week, providing resilient power in the wake of an island-wide grid outage April 18. Still struggling to bring parts of the island back from September's Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was plunged into darkness when a contractor's truck … [Read more...]

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...]