Former Obama Sustainability Chief Seeks Microgrid Resilience for Vulnerable Communities

The Obama administration's former chief sustainability officer, Michelle Moore, hopes to bring microgrid resilience to disadvantaged communities through non-profit project developer Groundswell. In addition to leading sustainability efforts for the federal government, Moore has been active in expanding the green building movement globally. … [Read more...]

In Brief: Microgrids in Veterans Homes, Fluence Adds AI Company, Funding Boosts Way2H

Microgrids to power veterans homes  Instant On will build 19,000 microgrids to power veterans’ homes in a Martinsburg, West Virginia community. The project will include a 100 MW solar field and each home a microgrid/nanogrid, an microgrid controller, batteries, an EV charger and potentially fuel cells. Construction of the first 8,000 homes … [Read more...]

IKEA to Build Large Solar Plus Storage Microgrid in Australia

Iconic retail giant IKEA is set to help power a microgrid initiative in South Australia. Part of a switch to 100% renewable energy, IKEA will tie in large-scale solar with storage capacity. IKEA’s Adelaide store will be powered with a 1.2 MW roof-top solar PV installation and 3.4 MWh of electricity storage, but the system will also support a … [Read more...]

US DOE Opens Application Process for $65M in Connected Communities Funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for $65 million in Connected Communities funding, which support projects that show how groups of buildings combined with distributed energy resources, including microgrids, can act as grid resources. The DOE plans to select a portfolio of grid‐interactive efficient building … [Read more...]

Siemens and University of New Mexico to Update Microgrid

Siemens and the University of New Mexico (UNM) will soon upgrade the smart grid center in Albuquerque with some of the latest technology for microgrids, electrical generation, power use and storage. A National Science Foundation (NSF) award amendment announcement allows Siemens to design controllers that use today’s technologies, protocols … [Read more...]

Demand for Home Microgrids Surges in Response to California Fires

Interest in home microgrids is surging in California in response to wildfires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), with microgrid companies saying demand has jumped by as much as 1,000% in the last month. Not only has demand increased; so has the pressure to install home microgrids as quickly as possible, and some companies say they … [Read more...]

California All-Electric Vehicle Goal Leads to CleanSpark Acquisition

California’s goal to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2035 puts state agencies, public sector companies and utilities on a fast track to build supporting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. That’s why CleanSpark, a software and services company, is joining the EV charging station market with its recently acquired subsidiary, … [Read more...]

Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. Unveiled yesterday, the $70 million microgrid is an economic development play to help attract businesses … [Read more...]

Australian Gold Mine Installs Large Renewable Microgrid

Aggreko, a provider of energy services, has completed the installation of a large renewable microgrid at Australia's Granny Smith gold mine for Gold Fields, the operator of the mine and one of the world’s largest gold miners. A combination of 7.7 MW of peak solar power and a 2 MW/1 MWh battery system, integrated with Aggreko’s existing 27 MW … [Read more...]

Generac to Buy Virtual Power Plant Company Enbala

Generac Holdings, known for its backup generators, is continuing its expansion into distributed energy markets by agreeing to buy Enbala Power Networks, a virtual power plant company that makes optimization and control software. Utilities and energy retailers use Enbala’s software to create and manage virtual power plants — aggregations of … [Read more...]