Agreement with Illinois’ Largest Utility Could Jump-Start Private Microgrids

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Christie Hicks, of the Environmental Defense Fund, sheds light on a new a new agreement with Illinois’ largest utility, ComEd, that may pave the way for private microgrids to use utility wires.  Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so … [Read more...]

Microgrid Dreaming: California Gov. Brown Makes it Real at his Ranch

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Who knew he was envisioning his own home when three years ago in his inaugural address California Gov. Jerry Brown described a future with microgrids. In a walk-the-talk move, Brown now has a solar plus storage microgrid serving his new home, a ranch north of Sacramento. Brown needed the microgrid for the same reason 1.4 billion others in … [Read more...]

Bringing Stability to War-Torn Somalia with Solar Microgrids

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Beleaguered by famine, terrorism and war, Somalia has the added burden of some of the highest energy costs in the world. But now relief is coming in the form of solar microgrids for refugees and communities thanks to an East African company. SolarGen Technologies is on a mission to help stabilize the country of 12 million people, using solar … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

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If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

More Government Microgrid Funding, This Time from Ontario

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Ontario awarded US$1.97 million in microgrid funding for three projects Friday, continuing what’s been a significant round of government financial backing in North America this month. Earlier in February, California selected 10 microgrid projects to receive $51.9 million in grants, and Massachusetts announced $1.05 million in feasibility study … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

Nigeria Minigrids: “An Unparalleled” $9.2 Billion Business Opportunity

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A US$9.2 billion a year market opportunity for minigrids and home solar PV systems is expected to save Nigerian homes and businesses $4.4 billion per year in energy spending, as well as dramatically improve human and environmental health and safety, according to a market study produced by Nigeria's Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]

Sonnen to Announce Microgrid for Housing Development in Australia

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Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy describes plans for Sonnen's first residential development microgrid in Australia, similar to its project underway in Prescott, Arizona. German battery storage manufacturer Sonnen is about to announce the first its Australian “SonnenCity” project, a new housing estate built with solar and storage that acts as a … [Read more...]

Sonnen Welcomes America to the Future with a Hometown Virtual Power Plant

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Before Sonnen became involved in a new and innovative Arizona project — a clean energy hive of 2,900 homes designed to act as a virtual power plant — the German company was frustrated with the US. In fact, Blake Richetta, Sonnen senior vice president, says that his CEO used a mild expletive to describe what it’s like trying to convince … [Read more...]