The Benefits of Propane Generators for Hybrid Microgrids

A new white paper from the Propane Education and Research Council presents two case studies illustrating the benefits of using propane generators in hybrid microgrids. Today's microgrids typically consist of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, battery storage and a backup generator or backup fuel cell system. The backup generator or fuel cell … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

Emera Tech, Pepco, and Housing Partnership Move Ahead on Residential Microgrid in Maryland

The Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), Emera Technologies and Pepco are moving ahead on a residential microgrid project at a subdivision of net-zero, low-to-moderate income houses with the support of a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). The grant will support a community solar and battery energy storage system … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Citizens Energy to Build Microgrid for Caregiving Facility in Connecticut

Schneider Electric and Citizens Energy are building a microgrid for a caregiving facility in New Britain, Connecticut, under a partnership they expect will lead to additional microgrid projects. The Marian Heights microgrid will provide grid resiliency for four buildings on the campus of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception that … [Read more...]

CleanSpark Sees Contracts Increase 220% as Residential Microgrids Begin to Take Off

Microgrid technology company CleanSpark has announced a 220% increase in microgrid contracts worth $16.2 million more than figures reported in February of this year. The company currently holds a backlog of microgrid contracts worth $23.5 million, divided across several different business sectors. CleanSpark is reporting that $14.3 … [Read more...]

How Behind the Meter Assets Can Help — or Hinder — Utility Energy Management in Texas

More and more, utilities are deploying behind the meter (BTM) assets — particularly energy storage and electric vehicles (EV) — to reduce their loads, balance their systems and provide resilience. In the wake of a February  outage, Portland General Electric said it has been testing projects that deploy customer sited storage to help boost … [Read more...]

Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

Cenfura and DNA Global Energy Plan to Deploy 14 Tokenized Microgrids in South Africa

Smart energy services company Cenfura has formed a joint venture with project developer DNA Global Energy to deploy 14 renewable energy microgrids across South Africa. The new venture will design, build, operate and tokenize assets. Tokenizing is the method used to integrate assets into the Cenfura Platform, a blockchain based system for … [Read more...]

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...]