Why Ameresco Focuses on Energy Resiliency for the Federal Government

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Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group, talks about microgrids and energy resiliency in an interview at Microgrid 2018 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. The U.S. federal government is one of the nation's largest energy consumers, and has been a primary customer of Ameresco since the … [Read more...]

Air Force Offers $49M for Microgrids and Other Alternative Energy Technologies

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The US Air Force is offering $49 million for research and development into microgrids and alternative energy technologies through a recently issued energy solicitation. Released by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, the solicitation offers individual awards of $100,000 to $5 million for new and emerging … [Read more...]

The Foundation of a Smart City is Smart Energy Infrastructure

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Microgrids are increasing in popularity due to their ability to island from the main grid in case of an emergency power outage, providing energy reliability and resiliency for critical operations like the military and hospitals. And smart energy infrastructure is becoming the way of the future for operations that simply can't afford power … [Read more...]

Here’s How Repeatable and Turnkey Microgrids Can Drive Down Costs

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What's the key to unlocking the commercial and industrial market? Repeatable and turnkey microgrids, says Lisa Laughner, president and CEO, Go Electric, a microgrid provider. Most microgrids today are custom designed, which can be expensive. Standardization drives down cost. “In order for commercial and industrial customers to readily … [Read more...]

Army Corps to Issue RFP for Microgrid at California’s Fort Hunter Liggett Base

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Another military microgrid is on the drawing board, this one at California's Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett, which expects to issue a solicitation next month for a contractor to build the $10-to $20 million facility. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue a request for proposals May 30 for the training base, which is about 150 … [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...]

Resilient Energy: Hidden in Plain Sight and Waiting to be Unlocked

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Resilient energy – technologies like microgrids that allow us to rebound quickly from a power outage – is evolving from a mere buzzword into a valuable product, sometimes even bumping green energy into second place. The US Army offers a good example of this change, as explained recently by Michael McGee, executive director of the Army’s Office … [Read more...]

Military Tests Electric Vehicle-to-Microgrid Use at Miramar Base in San Diego

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US Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego is the site of a new electric vehicle-to-microgrid-utility grid test and demonstration project. Six 15-passenger electric vans will be equipped with bidirectional, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charge/discharge capability and integrated into the air station's site-wide microgrid during the project's first … [Read more...]

Why These 10 Microgrids Won Funding in California

California microgrid projects

Ten California microgrid projects recently beat 150 others in a competition for $51.9 million in state grant money. What set them apart? The proposed* winners had to meet strict requirements, demonstrating a business case for advanced microgrids that support the state’s energy and greenhouse gas policies. That included proving that projects had … [Read more...]

SunPower Completes Microgrid-Ready Project for Alabama Army Installation

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Not liking to do things halfway, the U.S. Army is going all in on renewables with a 10-MW solar microgrid-ready project, now in operation at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Designed, built and operated by SunPower, the project also features  a 1 MW energy storage system. The Army pursued the energy improvement to enhance energy resilience, … [Read more...]