Traveling the Toughest Miles to Bring Light: the Manipur Microgrid Project

Manipur microgrids

Some microgrids are easy to install; others not so much. The Manipur microgrids found in remote India fall on the far side of ‘not so much.’ Workers trekked many miles of steep, mountainous, often unpaved terrain to install inverterless, DC solar-storage microgrids in 3,026 homes across 112 villages in 10 districts spread out over a large … [Read more...]

Good Microgrids Make Good Neighbors: EcoBlock Seeks Model Way to Share Energy

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As a neighborhood microgrid forms in Oakland, California, project planners find themselves grappling with a question unique to the age of local energy: How will neighbors cooperate with one another to share electricity? Being developed by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, the Oakland EcoBlock Project aims to provide an … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Serve as Core of $110-$120M Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

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The developer of a $110-$120 million mixed use project in Manchester, Connecticut plans to incorporate a microgrid that taps into opportunity zone federal tax breaks. The Manchester Broad Street Parkade microgrid will include around 1 MW of solar PV,  2-3 MW of natural gas-fired combined heat and power, batteries, and a water heating … [Read more...]

A Tool to Help Home Microgrids Stay Off Grid as Long as Possible

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Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) have developed an optimization tool for microgrids that allows homes to stay off grid as long as possible, generally using solar, storage and smart meters. The researchers recently received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office, based on a grant from the US Department of … [Read more...]

Solar Housing Linked to Bronzeville Microgrid Provides Social Justice, Technology Research

Bronzeville Microgrid

Chicago's Bronzeville microgrid project is demonstrating the social justice benefits of decentralized energy with the completion this month of solar installations on 660 residential units in the Dearborn Homes Community. The project, a partnership of Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), developer VLV Development and the Chicago Housing … [Read more...]

Pecan Street and Austin Energy Look to Bring V2G Mainstream with Possible Microgrid Applications

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Energy research center Pecan Street and utility Austin Energy have launched Texas' first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research and testing center, which will work on hardware and software innovations to enable V2G to go mainstream, with possible application for microgrids down the road. V2G describes the electricity flowing to and from plug-in … [Read more...]

CleanGrid Partners to Build a $100 Million Microgrid Portfolio in Southeast Asia

CleanGrid

A new force emerged in the Southeast Asia microgrid market this week with the announcement by Singapore's CleanGrid Partners that it plans to create a $100 million microgrid portfolio in the next three to four years. An estimated 125 million people in Southeast Asia lack access to reliable and affordable electricity services, making it a … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric to Deliver Microgrid for Distribution Center in Finland

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Schneider Electric will deliver an industrial microgrid in southern Finland to serve a distribution center run by Lidl, a German-based grocery store chain. Described by Schneider as Finland’s largest industrial microgrid, the project will use 100 percent renewable energy generated by 1,600 rooftop solar panels. Located in Järvenpää, … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles and Homes Connect to Microgrids in the US and Africa

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UC San Diego connects electric vehicles to microgrid The University of California San Diego continues to advance its already advanced microgrid universe of technologies, this time with electric vehicle-to-grid capabilities for its free nighttime shuttle service, Triton Rides. The program is part of "INVENT," a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) program that … [Read more...]

A $100 Million Microgrid Proposed for Downtown Cleveland

$100 million microgrid

Two Cleveland, Ohio institutions laid out plans this week for an ambitious $100 million microgrid to create an uninterruptible power supply for businesses, public institutions and facilities in the city's downtown. With a size and scope seen in few microgrids to date, the project would encompass Cleveland’s central business district, a two- … [Read more...]