Community Microgrids

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

Microgrid Knowledge to Name Winners of the Microgrid Greater Good Award on Nov. 17

Microgrid Knowledge has unveiled the finalists vying for the annual Microgrid Greater Good Award. Winners will be announced November 17, the kickoff date for Microgrid 2020 Global, a free three-day conference, expected to draw thousands of participants worldwide. Now in its second year, the Microgrid Greater Good Award recognizes microgrids that … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Barriers to Community Microgrids

Despite their potential benefits, community microgrids face several institutional and financial challenges. Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, explains how microgrid developers and their project partners can overcome these barriers. Community microgrids offer many reliability, resilience, cost reduction, and decarbonization … [Read more...]

Rapid Microgrid Design Aims to Accelerate Electrification in Rural Areas, Benefit Women

Arizona State University (ASU) researchers have unveiled a rapid microgrid design that aims to cut design costs and speed acceleration of electrification in rural areas and undeveloped countries. ASU is now using the design in Sierra Leone on the coast of West Africa, a project that highlights the benefits of electrification to women and … [Read more...]

Bracing for Multiple-Day Outages, Another California City Advances Microgrid Project

Another California community is moving ahead with a microgrid project, this one the city of Camarillo, which plans microgrids at five key city facilities in a move aimed at bolstering reliability while lowering electricity costs. Four of the projects include backup diesel generators coupled with solar and battery storage. One project  … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Create an ‘Oasis’ or Refuge for Residents During Extreme Events

Microgrid use has been on the rise for decades among commercial energy users, as well as universities, military bases, public facilities and more. These efforts have served to cut down on electrical power costs, ramped up decarbonization efforts and increased power reliability and quality. That's according to a new report from Hoffman Power … [Read more...]

Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure. Set to be installed in a housing development in Tampa, Florida, the system aligns with major trends in … [Read more...]

Native American Energy Developer to Build Tribal Microgrid with $1.2M California Grant 

Indian Energy, a Native American-owned microgrid development and systems integration firm, plans to install flywheel technology as long-duration, non-lithium ion energy storage at a microgrid in San Diego County. This year, it was among organizations awarded grants by the California Energy Commission to demonstrate long-lasting, reliable, … [Read more...]

Former Obama Sustainability Chief Seeks Microgrid Resilience for Vulnerable Communities

The Obama administration's former chief sustainability officer, Michelle Moore, hopes to bring microgrid resilience to disadvantaged communities through non-profit project developer Groundswell. In addition to leading sustainability efforts for the federal government, Moore has been active in expanding the green building movement globally. … [Read more...]

Oasis Community Microgrid — A Centralized Community Refuge to Increase Resiliency During Extreme Events

Microgrid is becoming more and more a well-known term, at least in the energy industry — and are gaining in popularity. But even as community microgrids gain in number, the "Oasis Microgrid" is still in the shadows. A new report from Hoffman Power Consulting aims to answer the question: "What on earth is the oasis community microgrid?" This … [Read more...]

Demand for Home Microgrids Surges in Response to California Fires

Interest in home microgrids is surging in California in response to wildfires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), with microgrid companies saying demand has jumped by as much as 1,000% in the last month. Not only has demand increased; so has the pressure to install home microgrids as quickly as possible, and some companies say they … [Read more...]