Could COVID-19 Give Rise to the Home Microgrid? 

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) could alter who needs reliable energy — and when — and place new importance on residential microgrids. While it’s too soon to gauge energy trends after society emerges from isolatation, short-term indicators may offer clues. For one, we’re seeing what it means when a significant portion of the US population … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

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Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

Switzerland Community Successfully Trials Local Blockchain Electricity Market

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A community in Switzerland has completed a successful year long trial of a blockchain electricity market, a technology being eyed for community microgrids. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) funded project Quartierstrom, the first of its kind in the world, involving 37 households in Walenstadt, Switzerland. For one year, the community … [Read more...]

Microgrid Installed for Low-income Apartments, First for Washington DC

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In a first for Washington DC, a microgrid that combines solar and energy storage has been installed in an affordable housing complex. The Maycroft Apartment's $327,000 resiliency center includes a 70.2-kW rooftop solar array combined with a 46-kW/56 kWh battery system that can disconnect from the grid and provide power for up to three days … [Read more...]

How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

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The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]

Rural Neighborhood Chooses Off-Grid Microgrids Instead of Paying the Utility

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For the Silvies Valley Ranch outside of Burns, Oregon, off-grid microgrids for each of 600 homes under development makes more financial sense than paying the local utility $7 million to run utility lines to the ranch. The eco-friendly ranch and luxury resort, formerly a dude ranch, is located on 140,000 acres in eastern Oregon where visitors … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Microgrid Moves Ahead with Pilot Regulatory Sandbox for Program

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LO3 Energy is moving ahead with a 12-month regulatory sandbox pilot program for its Brooklyn Microgrid project. The pilot program will allow participants in the microgrid project to trade energy attributes on LO3 Energy’s software platform. LO3 has run Brooklyn Microgrid as a test project since 2016. The project began in the Park Slope … [Read more...]

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

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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...]