An English muffin with a side of sustainability: National bakery goes microgrid

Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investments are reaching record levels and driving up demand for clean energy as businesses strive to achieve sustainability goals. Where microgrids will fit into this trend remains an open question. But a major US bakery company is offering a model. Bimbo Bakeries USA, the maker of such … [Read more...]

Microgrids for agriculture and food processors: simple solutions to energy problems

A new white paper from GreenStruxure explores how agricultural microgrids can provide simple solutions to energy problems for food processors, the agriculture industry and the wider food supply chain. Farmers, food processors and operators in the agriculture space are increasingly challenged by energy problems like higher energy costs, … [Read more...]

Port of Long Beach, Schneider Electric start construction on $12.2 million microgrid project

The Port of Long Beach and Schneider Electric have started construction on a $12.2 million microgrid project that will provide reliable, zero-emissions electricity for the port's Joint Command and Control Center. Funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the microgrid is expected to be online in November. In 2018, … [Read more...]

What Biden’s State of the Union indicates about the path ahead for microgrids

Federal tax credits for clean energy, which include microgrids, appear to still be in play based on the State of the Union address delivered by President Joe Biden last night. In the annual speech before Congress, Biden discussed the tax credits in the context of helping Americans economically and battling inflation. He said that combating … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The brains behind electrification and an all-renewable grid

Microgrids are often characterized as sophisticated backup power — and they are. But that’s not all they are. And ignoring the full scope of their abilities short shrifts their value. Most ignored, I think, is their ability to balance renewable energy, an increasingly important issue as solar and wind detractors attempt to fault renewables … [Read more...]

Empowering the individual to make a collective difference

Mark Feasel, president of smart grid North America at Schneider Electric, explains why sustainability efforts must empower individuals and local communities to make their own energy choices -- including the integration of distributed energy resources and microgrids. The adage “think globally, act locally” was coined in 1915 by Scottish … [Read more...]

Ikea’s microgrid in Australia reaches milestone

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off The Grid provides an update on a microgrid being built by Ikea in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. The groundbreaking solar and battery microgrid being built to power the Adelaide store of Swedish furniture giant, Ikea, has reached a major milestone, after the rooftop PV component of the project … [Read more...]

What can bees teach us about electric reliability? 

If your power is out, especially for days, the arrival of a mobile microgrid in your community is a welcome sight. But mobile microgrids are rare. Most of us have to tough out a power outage, sometimes for days, weeks or months. So a partnership between two heavy hitters — Microsoft and Schneider Electric — is working with the nonprofit … [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...]

Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2021 — Funding and building microgrids for resiliency

COVID-19 continued to disrupt life and the energy industry in 2021. In the face of a global pandemic, we've also seen greater threats to our energy grid from wildfires in California and intense storms along our southern and eastern coasts.  In light of these challenges, who better to turn to for expert advice and strategies than microgrid and clean … [Read more...]