US builder plans 200,000 home microgrids using zinc batteries

The number of home microgrid communities is picking up, spurred by natural disasters, increasing energy prices and a desire to combat climate change. For example, energy costs were the main driver for the Silvies Valley Ranch outside of Burns, Oregon, where off-grid microgrids for each of 600 homes under development makes more financial … [Read more...]

Microgrid projects to the moon and back

Developers say microgrid projects are being planned pretty much everywhere now. I suspect they mean everywhere on Earth. It turns out they are thinking small. Why not a microgrid on the moon? A US federal lab thinks it's plausible — and may even be necessary — if we are to venture further to Mars. The Sandia National Laboratories is … [Read more...]

PG&E’s ‘personal microgrid’ device aims for home resiliency in fire-prone areas

The use of fossil-fuel generators and home microgrids has increased in Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) territory in response to fires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), and now the California utility has unveiled a device that makes it easier for homeowners to disconnect personal microgrids from the grid during outages and reconnect … [Read more...]

Good places to build microgrids in the US?

Microgrids are part of a growing ecosystem of "local energy" that allows individuals, cities and communities to build energy wealth. In the US, state rules heavily influence how well local energy thrives. A new scorecard by ​​the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a national research and advocacy organization, ranks California, … [Read more...]

All-renewable 5 MW Kalbarri microgrid goes live in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off The Grid reports on the activation of an all-renewable microgrid that will back up the unsteady grid connection in the Western Australia town of Kalbarri. Western Australia has flicked the switch on one of Australia’s largest and most sophisticated microgrids, a 5 MW mix of solar, wind and battery storage that … [Read more...]

Microgrids for a 21st century grid

In the fourth article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll demonstrate why microgrids are the 21st century solution to today’s energy problems. Microgrids are local, flexible, cost effective and clean. Microgrids are proving themselves to be the energy technology of our time. A form … [Read more...]

The microgrid projects keep coming … Ameresco, Enchanted Rock and 127 Energy

This week brought announcements of some signature microgrid projects, most notably a microgrid that Ameresco and PEI Energy are building for Prince Edward Islands (PEI), Canada. The picturesque coastal province first announced plans for the microgrid in April 2020, describing it then as a part of a move to ease COVID-19 related financial … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s utility needs to act on solar, storage and microgrids, says industry group

A solar and storage advocacy group in Puerto Rico wants the island's utility to get moving on required investments in solar, storage and microgrids as ordered by regulators. The Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA) said the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) needs to push forward to meet the island's aggressive … [Read more...]

22 intriguing microgrid projects to watch in 2022

Last year one of the most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge was “21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021,” so this year we’re offering up a new list for 2022. The microgrid industry has been busy — there was no shortage of projects to choose from. In fact, our initial list netted twice what we needed. Since it’s 2022 not 2044, … [Read more...]

UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]