Australian Utility Issues Solicitation for New Way to Power Diesel-Dependent Regions

Sophie Vorrath, editor of the Australian publication "One Step Off the Grid," describes a recent solicitation for remote microgrids in Queensland. Queensland utility Ergon Energy has called for expressions of interest for the provision of low-carbon or renewable energy generation solutions for two diesel fuel-dependent remote communities in … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Propane Generators for Hybrid Microgrids

A new white paper from the Propane Education and Research Council presents two case studies illustrating the benefits of using propane generators in hybrid microgrids. Today's microgrids typically consist of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, battery storage and a backup generator or backup fuel cell system. The backup generator or fuel cell … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

US DOE Selects Remote, Island Communities for Energy Resilience Aid

US Department of Energy (DOE) experts are working with 11 remote and island communities to reduce energy costs and power outages, some by setting up microgrids. The effort, announced April 20, is part of the DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP), which was unveiled late last year. Through the program, the DOE … [Read more...]

A 28-MW Virgin Islands Microgrid Receives FEMA Funding

A 28-MW microgrid project in the US Virgin Islands was awarded $4.4 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the project’s initial phase. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) will use the funding to design and engineer the project, according to Noel Hodge, the utility’s interim executive director. WAPA … [Read more...]

Australia’s Northern Territory to Offer Competitive Tender for Remote Microgrids

This article, by Sophie Vorrath, first appeared in One Step off the Grid, a publication based in Australia The Northern Territory (NT) government has laid the foundations for plans to transition scores of remote indigenous communities to renewable-based power systems by 2030, with the announcement of $2 million in funding and a competitive … [Read more...]

Minigrids Act as the Seed of Change in Cameroon

In the Central African country of Cameroon, electricity is scarce outside of major cities. But that may soon change because of a public-private partnership that has a set goal of installing 750 minigrids. The effort is about more than lighting up the 11,000 villages that lack power; the partners hope to foster long-term social, environmental … [Read more...]

Why and How to Bring Microgrids to Small Town America

This spring, the Poudre Valley Electric Association (PVREA), which provides power to northern Colorado, plans to test a microgrid for a small town that has experienced outages because of car accidents on curvy roads, extreme weather, and, in September, a fire that left the town without power for 52 hours. The microgrid, which will replace … [Read more...]

The Rise of Energy on Wheels

Two US energy companies have become the latest to offer a mobile energy system that allows a microgrid or batteries to move where needed at any given time. Called Nomad Transportable Power Systems (NOMAD), the new product is a joint venture of Northern Reliability and KORE Power. NOMAD is being offered in three sizes: 600 kWh, 1 MWh and 2 … [Read more...]

Microgrid at Australian Equestrian Center Helps Town Hit by Bush Fires

When bush fires swept the south coast of New South Wales in Australia last year, an equestrian center showed why it's good to have a neighbor with a microgrid. Willinga Park, an equestrian property that spans 2,000 acres on two national parks, became a safe haven for local residents’ cattle and horses in December, and its islanded microgrid … [Read more...]