Educating Customers About 3 Key Microgrid Benefits

What microgrid benefits incentivize customers to adopt the technology? The ability to decarbonize, achieve resiliency and lower costs top the list, according to Alex Savelli, executive director of power generation at Cummins. Cummins is especially focused on decarbonization through use of hydrogen — including in fuel cells and electrolyzers. … [Read more...]

Ameresco to Break Ground this Week on Solar and Storage Microgrid at Fort Hunter Liggett

Ameresco, a microgrid project developer, continues to grow its list of military microgrids, the most recent a $21.6 million project at Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, California. Set to break ground May 27, the project is designed to help the 165,000-acre training center achieve net zero energy by 2022, while also fulfilling Army directives to … [Read more...]

Bright Canyon Energy Signs Lease for 25-MW Microgrid at San Diego Naval Base

Arizona Public Service affiliate Bright Canyon Energy has signed a microgrid lease with the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) in San Diego.   The long-term enhanced use lease will add battery storage and backup generators designed to power the entire Marine Corps Recruit Depot military base for extended periods of … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2021 Kicks Off with Expert Panel on Why Today’s Grid Makes Microgrids Necessary

Increasingly, the electric grid’s shortcomings are affecting businesses and other institutions, whether from power outages, rising costs or preferences for how electricity is made, according to a panel of microgrid experts who spoke today at Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, an eight-day virtual conference hosted by Microgrid … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

The Top Microgrid Misconceptions Debunked

Microgrids are too expensive, the renewable energy component is not dependable and microgrids are no better than backup generators. These are the top three microgrid misconceptions that prevent businesses from installing microgrids, say providers of the technology. In addition, customers mistakenly believe that the technology is immature and … [Read more...]

Defense Department Continues Research into Vanadium Flow Batteries with Ameresco

The US Department of Defense has begun its second phase of research into vanadium flow batteries in partnership with Ameresco, a developer of clean energy and microgrid projects. As part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the study is being done in Golden, Colorado, at the National Renewable Energy … [Read more...]

Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Black & Veatch Finish Miramar Microgrid

Schneider Electric and Black & Veatch have finished installing a microgrid they designed and built at the Marine Corps’ Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The microgrid was tested during a full-scale energy resilience readiness exercise to assess its resilience and reliability as well as whether it could keep operations up and running at … [Read more...]

The Rise of Energy on Wheels

Two US energy companies have become the latest to offer a mobile energy system that allows a microgrid or batteries to move where needed at any given time. Called Nomad Transportable Power Systems (NOMAD), the new product is a joint venture of Northern Reliability and KORE Power. NOMAD is being offered in three sizes: 600 kWh, 1 MWh and 2 … [Read more...]