Look Who Likes Microgrids Now: Why and How the Market is Opening to Smaller Facilities

Expanding from their origins at universities, military bases and corporate campuses, microgrids are starting to make their way into smaller businesses and even neighborhoods and homes. The change comes, in part, because of a growing public awakening about the vulnerability of the electric grid. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 seemed to open the … [Read more...]

UK-Based Energy Cooperative Raises Financing for Solar Community Microgrids

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a UK-based community-owned energy cooperative, is in the process of raising the equivalent of $2.7 million to finance a portfolio of renewable energy projects, including solar powered community microgrids. The organization is raising funds through its seventh community share offer, with a projected 3.5% return on … [Read more...]

Why the Luxury Home Market is Primed for Microgrids

When CleanSpark began talking to owners of luxury homes in California, it pitched microgrids as it usually did with economics as a key part of the discussion. But the company soon found that these microgrid customers, unlike most others, weren’t keenly interested in return on investment. “These are people that don't care about payback; … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘The Home Microgrid’ as Person of the Year 2020

Maybe it was the pandemic or maybe it was the law of accelerating returns. Whatever the case, 2020 brought rapid change for microgrids. Where the technology was solidly for the few in 2019, it suddenly looked quite possibly for the many in 2020. That’s why Microgrid Knowledge is naming the home microgrid, as its 2020 ‘Person of the Year.’ To … [Read more...]

As It Plans World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant, OhmConnect Warns of Market Flaws in California

OhmConnect, partnering with Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, plans a 550-MW virtual power plant (VPP), Resi-Station, created by pooling and controlling homeowners’ devices and microgrids to provide clean power for California via aggregated flexible demand. Said to be the biggest project of its kind in the world, Resi-Station will help meet … [Read more...]

Global Himalayan Expedition Wins Top Microgrid Greater Good Award

Microgrid Knowledge today named Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) as the top prize winner in its 2020 Microgrid Greater Good Award competition.  The India-based company won the award for a solar microgrid in Batambis, a remote Himalayan village almost 14,000 feet above sea level, with no roads or electric grid and cut off from the world by … [Read more...]

Pandemic, Outages Kindle Homeowner Interest in Electric Reliability: Survey

A new survey by Sunrun underscores just how much homeowners are beginning to worry about electric reliability as California utilities continue to shut off power to prevent wildfires. The Sunrun study found a kindling in homeowner interest in acquiring batteries to avoid blackouts. In the study, 38% of homeowners out of 1,000 surveyed said … [Read more...]

Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure. Set to be installed in a housing development in Tampa, Florida, the system aligns with major trends in … [Read more...]

Demand for Home Microgrids Surges in Response to California Fires

Interest in home microgrids is surging in California in response to wildfires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), with microgrid companies saying demand has jumped by as much as 1,000% in the last month. Not only has demand increased; so has the pressure to install home microgrids as quickly as possible, and some companies say they … [Read more...]