Ghana to make more than $85 million investment in minigrids and stand-alone solar

Ghana will develop 35 minigrids and stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, an investment of more than $85 million, under agreements with the African Development Fund and the government of Switzerland. The systems, with installed capacity of 67.5 MW, will serve schools, health centers and communities. The project comes as the nation … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, releases RFI in next step to create unique microgrid-centered utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday in its latest step to set up one of the nation’s most ambitious microgrid projects, which includes the creation of its own county utility. The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals the county intends to issue for multiple microgrids developed in public/private … [Read more...]

Colorado Gov. Polis signs bills to create microgrid roadmap, offer rural grants

Colorado will create a microgrid roadmap and make microgrid grants available for municipal utilities and cooperatives under two bills signed last week by Gov. Jared Polis.  The Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap (HB22-1249) and the Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program (HB22-1013) cleared their final hurdle to … [Read more...]

Benefits of sectionalizing the power grid: Webinar June 16

Microgrids are a promising solution because of their ability to disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously. This can help the grid recover more quickly after a disruption from severe weather events or natural disasters. One hurdle slowing the widespread adoption of microgrids is the cost of deployment, but the concept of … [Read more...]

Energy self-sufficiency in residential and mixed-use developments

Jonathan Abaee, senior sales manager, gas power solutions, North America for the Power Systems division of Rolls-Royce, explores how the energy self-sufficiency supplied by residential microgrids can benefit communities. In the US, we’ve had political debates for decades over energy independence and removing our dependence on foreign oil, … [Read more...]

Utilities: Take our microgrid survey and become eligible for a free drone

What is a utility, exactly? What does it do? The simple answer, of course, is that it sells electricity or natural gas or both. But that’s changing as utilities offer more and more value-added services for customers. They’re doing so because their customers want to capture energy resilience and sustainability. They want to lower energy … [Read more...]

DER and microgrid companies poised to help as summer heat threatens the US grid

With grid operators signaling that that the summer could bring power shortfalls, companies that pool together resources such as residential and commercial solar, storage and microgrids are poised to jump in and provide grid flexibility in an effort to keep the lights on. The Washington Post recently described the electric grid as "wheezing" … [Read more...]

The importance of modeling for distributed energy success

Jacob Feutz, program manager, distributed energy solutions at EnTech Solutions, explains how modeling can ensure that your energy project starts off on solid footing. Modeling is key to the success of a distributed energy system. Why? Consider the following: According to the US Energy Information Administration, there are nearly 3,000 … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge names Greater Good Award winners at Microgrid 2022

The 2022 winners of the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards provide for night time studying, streetlights and entertainment in India, resilience during natural disasters and public safety power shut offs (PSPS) at a college in California, vaccinations and power for critical medical equipment at a medical facility in the Himalayas and … [Read more...]

Alaska looks to microgrids as it transitions away from an oil economy

Traditionally dependent on an oil economy, Alaska is looking to renewables and microgrids to generate wealth, cut energy costs, boost resilience and transition away from fossil fuels. The Port of Alaska, Homer Electric and others are developing new microgrids or upgrading existing fossil-fueled microgrids with renewables and storage. “As a … [Read more...]