Microgrid Dreaming: California Gov. Brown Makes it Real at his Ranch

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Who knew he was envisioning his own home when three years ago in his inaugural address California Gov. Jerry Brown described a future with microgrids. In a walk-the-talk move, Brown now has a solar plus storage microgrid serving his new home, a ranch north of Sacramento. Brown needed the microgrid for the same reason 1.4 billion others in … [Read more...]

Can Biogas CHP Help Duke University Meet Aggressive Climate Goals?

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Duke University is exploring what it takes to acquire and transport renewable biogas from North Carolina hog farms for what may turn out to be a new, microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the university's main campus. The biogas project emerged after students protested plans by the university and Duke Energy to build … [Read more...]

How Cities and the Military Can Join Forces to Improve Resilience, Add Microgrids

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In an iconic photo from last August's Hurricane Harvey, a national guardsman in near waist-high flood waters carries a woman to safety on his back. The photo depicts a common thread found in disaster rescue – the military are called. So it makes sense that today’s movement to improve urban resilience – and add microgrids – looks to the … [Read more...]

Bornholm Island Acts as Microgrid Lab for Denmark’s Green Ambitions

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Denmark has an ambitious target to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. But integrating renewable energy into the system makes it difficult to balance the intermittent supply with demand. With its high abundance of renewable energy, Bornholm Island, just south of Sweden, was the perfect test site for the … [Read more...]

Seattle City Light to Issue RFP for $3.3 Million Community Center Microgrid

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Seattle City Light plans to issue a request for proposals in May for a contractor to build a $3.3 million community center microgrid for the city's parks and recreation department. The publicly owned utility will seek an engineering, procurement and construction company to install the microgrid at the Miller Community Center, which is operated … [Read more...]

Bringing Stability to War-Torn Somalia with Solar Microgrids

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Beleaguered by famine, terrorism and war, Somalia has the added burden of some of the highest energy costs in the world. But now relief is coming in the form of solar microgrids for refugees and communities thanks to an East African company. SolarGen Technologies is on a mission to help stabilize the country of 12 million people, using solar … [Read more...]

Microgrids Part of Backbone of New Grid, says EEI & International Electricity Groups

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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and similar organizations from Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan joined forces this week to support modernizing the grid and including microgrids as part of the backbone. Meeting in Washington, D.C. for the International Electricity Summit, leaders from major electric power associations issued a joint … [Read more...]

Tax Law, Equipment Leasing and Microgrid Finance

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Equipment lease financing is now being used to create a low-cost path to microgrid ownership. But getting there takes an experienced, insider's knowledge of energy tax rules and regulations. It's those attributes that best distinguish CleanView Capital, according to founder and Managing Partner Stanley Fishbein, a tax attorney with 35 years of … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Launches Transportable Solar Microgrid Product

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Schneider Electric today launched a new industrial-class solar microgrid, a containerized, transportable plug & play, transportable unit. Called Villaya, the microgrid was unveiled at the 2018 Schneider Electric Annual Innovation Summit in Paris, which is expected to draw 4,000 visitors. Schneider describes the new solar microgrid as … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

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If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]