These 2 organizations acted quickly to provide solar microgrids to Ukraine

“We have to do something,” Will Heegaard, operations manager for Footprint Project — a nonprofit that provides solar microgrids and other emergency power systems to disaster areas — told Paul Shmotolokha just hours after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Heegaard and Shmotolokha — a Ukrainian-American and CEO of New Use … [Read more...]

A microgrid that you can fit in your golf bag

Energy flexibility is the new, new thing. And all microgrids offer it to some degree. But a small Brooklyn, NY, solar firm brings a whole new meaning to the term. Imagine fitting 1.3 kW of solar energy in a golf bag and it’s so light you can carry it around for use where you need it. That’s one of the value propositions that Pvilion is … [Read more...]

Microgrids and EVs can make magic with the right market signals

Electric vehicles (EVs) could become important microgrid assets that reap income by providing grid services. But there's a glitch — a lack of market signals from the grid in many places. However, a growing number of cities and other organizations are pairing EVs and vehicle-to-grid programs with microgrids to test the idea, expecting to reap not … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide sustainable resilience for cold storage providers

Ken Hurd, senior vice president of grocery at PowerSecure shares insights on the role microgrids play in ensuring energy resilience and sustainability for cold storage providers. The US food supply chain is complex. From indoor farming to food producers to the processors, cold storage facilities, distribution centers and, ultimately, retail … [Read more...]

Remember when powering your house with your vehicle was a wild idea?

A few years ago, the thought of using the batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) to provide vehicle-to-grid (V2G), vehicle-to-microgrid or vehicle-to-home power was just an idea, maybe even a wild idea. Now these programs are inching toward reality, with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Snohomish Public Utility District (PUD), … [Read more...]

DC Water plans microgrid for one of world’s largest wastewater treatment plants; issues solicitation

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is seeking consulting services for a microgrid to be installed at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the world, located in Washington, DC. The authority will hold a non-mandatory pre-proposal conference on March … [Read more...]

Port of Long Beach, Schneider Electric start construction on $12.2 million microgrid project

The Port of Long Beach and Schneider Electric have started construction on a $12.2 million microgrid project that will provide reliable, zero-emissions electricity for the port's Joint Command and Control Center. Funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the microgrid is expected to be online in November. In 2018, … [Read more...]

Entergy’s ‘Power Through’ offers a formula to settle who pays for microgrids

Deciding who pays for microgrids that benefit some utility customers more than others — as well as the utility — is a thorny topic. Should these microgrids be rate-based, and if so, should the total cost be rate-based? What’s the value of resiliency-as-a-service to individual customers and the utility as a whole? Some argue that customers … [Read more...]

What 4 things are holding up community microgrids?

Community microgrid projects yield numerous benefits. Some keep police, hospitals, water plants and other critical services running during power outages. Others may serve remote outposts with no other source of reliable electricity. Community microgrids have even saved lives. Because of their impact, community microgrids are often studied. … [Read more...]

All-renewable 5 MW Kalbarri microgrid goes live in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off The Grid reports on the activation of an all-renewable microgrid that will back up the unsteady grid connection in the Western Australia town of Kalbarri. Western Australia has flicked the switch on one of Australia’s largest and most sophisticated microgrids, a 5 MW mix of solar, wind and battery storage that … [Read more...]