New Microgrid Now Operating at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California

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The U.S. Marine Corps has begun operating a $1 million CleanSpark designed and built microgrid at its Camp Pendleton base near San Diego. The California-based microgrid developer won the the contract in 2017 as a sub-contractor to Bethel-Webcor JV, which is building a $70 million communication information system (CIS) operations complex at … [Read more...]

Air Force Issues RFI for Energy-as-a-Service Contract at Massachusetts Base

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The US Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency-Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) in anticipation of an energy-as-a-service contract for Hanscom Air Force base in Massachusetts, a site where a microgrid is being contemplated. The government expects to eventually undertake an energy-as-a-service pilot project that … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Featured at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego, May 14-16

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Microgrid 2019 will highlight the US armed forces’ growing use of military microgrids as a means to improve energy resilience, strengthen cybersecurity, and green its facilities. The largest consumer of energy in the world, the US military strongly influences development, price and adoption of electric technologies. Fortunately for the … [Read more...]

This Microgrid on Wheels will Soon be on the Go for the US Military in Africa

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Go Electric’s new microgrid on wheels is a box that four people can lift and commission -- and then move, if needed. The mobile microgrid, now under development, also comes on a trailer. And it can run in silent mode. Best of all, it can reduce the use of diesel and other fossil fuels significantly -- by up to 80 percent while operating … [Read more...]

Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate One Solution to World’s Waste Problem

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The much-watched microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar took another big step this week with an expansion that will demonstrate landfill gas as a reliable fuel for an islanded microgrid. Initially funded by $20 million from Congress, the San Diego, California microgrid is considered one of the most sophisticated under … [Read more...]

US Department of Defense Issues RFP for Microgrids

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The US Department of Defense wants to reduce costs and speed time to install military microgrids, so is seeking demonstration projects via a newly issued request for proposals (RFP). Through its Installation Energy Test Bed, the defense department intends to fund multiple projects that speed microgrid design, simplify component and system … [Read more...]

Can DC Microgrids be Simpler, Faster, Secure? Sandia, Emera Aim to Find Out

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In alternating current (AC) microgrids, there’s always the need to convert direct current (DC) storage, solar and other elements to AC. But with DC microgrids, all that could change -- and possibly reap simplicity, quickness, and cost savings, said Abraham Ellis, program manager for Sandia National Laboratories' renewable and distributed systems … [Read more...]

Ameresco Wins Contract for 20-MW Military Microgrid in Texas

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Ameresco has scored a large win — a $133.5 million package — to install a 20-MW microgrid and energy resiliency and efficiency improvements at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas. The award came from Defense Logistics Agency Energy, which manages the global supply chain for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 … [Read more...]

Have You Seen San Diego’s Miramar Microgrid? Here’s Your Chance at Microgrid 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge announced today that Microgrid 2019 will feature a tour of the Miramar microgrid, one of the most advanced military microgrids under development. The tour is one of the many highlights of "Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid," May 14-16 in San Diego. The US Congress designated $20 million to the Marine Corps Air … [Read more...]

California Approves $5M Grant for Microgrid at Naval War Center

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The California Energy Commission Friday approved a $5 million grant to demonstrate a standardized, renewable energy microgrid at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division near Oxnard. The microgrid is part of a larger, $50 million effort by the commission to help commercialize microgrids — both for the military and private … [Read more...]