The Hurricanes of the West — Wildfires — Spur More Microgrids in California

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After wildfires caused power outages in California, the tinder box state is considering more microgrids in a proceeding before state regulators. “Wildfires are now to California what Sandy was to New York,” said Rick Bolton, CEO of Compass Energy Platform, referencing the 2012 superstorm that spurred a government push for microgrids after … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t There More Multi-User Microgrids?

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When most people consider a microgrid, they think of on site generation serving a single business or an enclosed campus. But another concept is emerging called multi-user microgrids, which allows neighbors to share distributed energy resources to receive reliable electricity. Only a few such multi-user microgrids exist. But some electricity … [Read more...]

Solarcentury, Canadian Solar, Caterpillar and Tesla Energize 40,000 Off-Grid African Households and Businesses

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Developers and technology companies worldwide continue to focus on electrifying energy-poor areas of Africa. Recent example: 40,000 residents and businesses in the northeast African country of Eritrea now have reliable electricity thanks to two new minigrids. Developed by UK-based Solarcentury, the minigrids (Africa's term for microgrids) … [Read more...]

Microgrids Restore Water, Wastewater Services for Isolated Puerto Rico Communities

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New water and wastewater systems powered by solar plus storage microgrids are reviving life and livelihoods in remote areas of Puerto Rico still struggling to recover from 2017's Hurricane Maria. In hard-to-reach areas of Puerto Rico where grid power has only recently been restored, six microgrid-powered pumping systems are now up and … [Read more...]

Medford, Massachusett Moves Forward with Microgrid to Reduce Demand Charges, Improve Resiliency

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Medford, Massachusetts is moving forward with a microgrid designed to improve resilience for its public works department and reduce the city’s electric demand charges. The city this week selected solar installer Solect Energy to engineer, procure, install, and service the grid-connected microgrid. The Medford microgrid is being built … [Read more...]

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate

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Microgrids that regulators determine “serve the public interest” are back in play in Maine this year as lawmakers try to pass a bill that fell short a year ago. Legislators passed a bipartisan bill last year more clearly defining how microgrids could be created, but former Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed it. Newly elected Gov. Janet Mills … [Read more...]

New AC-DC Mobile Microgrid Holds Promise of More Efficient Power Distribution

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A team at the University of Calgary plans to build a mobile microgrid that promises to improve the simultaneous distribution and management of both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electricity. Three university professors are leveraging proprietary AC-DC power conversion and energy management technology to build and operate a … [Read more...]

Consumers Energy Plans Smart Energy District To Attract New Business

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Communities across America are trying to reinvent themselves — to become 21st Century models where businesses will locate and younger people will want to live. And one such idea is the “smart city,” which entails everything from creating green spaces to renewable energy hubs. The city of Jackson, Mich. is trying to do just that, using its downtown … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Expands its Market Footprint with Two New Commercial and Industrial Microgrids

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Bloom Energy today announced installation of two commercial and industrial microgrid projects, one for Silicon Valley software company Extreme Networks and the second for Pennsylvania manufacturer II-VI. The projects are the latest in a recent succession of microgrids developed by the California fuel cell company — 80 microgrids in all with … [Read more...]

Horizon Power Chooses Senec to Supply Energy Storage for Onslow Microgrid

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Sophie Gale of Australia's One Step Off the Grid provides the latest update on the Onslow microgrid planned by Horizon Power in Western Australia.  Western Australia regional utility Horizon Power has tapped energy storage company Senec Australia to supply smart battery systems for its leading-edge microgrid project that aims to run the coastal … [Read more...]