Webinar Today! Lessons from Successful Remote Microgrids

Successfully launching and operating a remote microgrid requires planning and foresight, and for those that haven't done it before, the task can seem daunting. But there are a number of best practices that experienced microgrid installers and operators have learned over the years — sometimes the hard way. It's important to understand that the … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

US Rep. Panetta to Deliver Microgrid California Keynote

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, a Democrat from California, will be the keynote speaker at Microgrid California: Keeping the Power Flowing During Grid Disruption, a one-day regional event to be hosted by Microgrid Knowledge Oct. 5 in the San Francisco Bay area. The educational forum is designed for California businesses, institutions and communities … [Read more...]

What Are the Best Locations for Microgrids? Hawaii Is Mapping Them.

In an effort to spur microgrid development, Hawaiian Electric is working with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to develop a microgrid map that pinpoints areas across its service territory that are ideal for the technology. Project developers can use the map to contact potential microgrid participants and work with … [Read more...]

California Utility Tests Linear Generator to Reduce Diesel Use at Napa County Microgrid

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is deploying a 240-kW linear generator at a distribution system microgrid to see if the emerging technology can be used to reduce the use of diesel generators during emergencies or public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). Using an energy-as-a-sevice model, NextEra Energy Resources installed the linear … [Read more...]

Washington State Provides Funds for Nine Microgrids

Washington State announced $3.9 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund on Aug. 25, to design and build 18 electric grid modernization projects, including microgrids. Nine of the projects include microgrids and all help Washington’s utilities move the state closer to its 2045 goal of having 100% of its electricity supply free of … [Read more...]

Footprint Project Seeks Solar, Battery, Trailer Donations as it Mobilizes for Hurricane Ida

The Footprint Project, a non-profit organization that provides microgrids and other emergency energy systems during disasters, is seeking equipment donations as it gets ready to respond to Hurricane Ida on the northern Gulf of Mexico. The Minnesota-based organization plans to dispatch mobile solar equipment to meet emergency power needs in … [Read more...]

Monash University Offers Help in Developing Microgrids with New Toolbox

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes a microgrid toolbox offered by Monash University in Australia to help those trying to develop projects. The team behind a groundbreaking solar and battery storage microgrid installed at the Clayton campus of Victoria’s Monash University has developed an online toolbox to help other businesses, … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti last week, EarthSpark International temporarily de-energized its 100-kW community microgrid in Les Anglais to check for downed wires and await possible aftershocks. Allison Archambault, president of the nonprofit organization, was terrified that EarthSpark wouldn’t be able to re-energize the microgrid if … [Read more...]

Microgrid Integration Without Costly Scope Gaps

In the sixth and final article of this new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're presenting the fifth and final step in our definitive guide for microgrid developers: smooth integration of the project without costly scope gaps. A case study is available exclusively in the full report.   Throughout the … [Read more...]