The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in North America including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Scale Microgrid Solutions Brings Indoor Farm Microgrid Online

Scale Microgrid Solutions brought a 1.75-MW microgrid online for a major indoor farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scale Microgrid’s modular microgrid for Fifth Season, a startup indoor farming company, uses 160 kW of photovoltaic solar panels, 200 kW of lithium ion batteries and a 1,200-kW natural gas generator outfitted with advanced … [Read more...]

California Regulators Waive Key Standby Charges for Eligible Microgrids

In a win for microgrid developers, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday suspended a key component of standby charges for eligible microgrids. The July 15 decision to suspend capacity reservation charges is part of the CPUC’s multiphase effort to spur the commercial development of microgrids, with the upcoming phase … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Is Now Home to the World’s First Major Airport Completely Powered by a Hybrid Microgrid

The airport microgrid in Pittsburgh is now operating, giving the Pennsylvania city the stature of having the first major US airport completely powered by an on-site solar energy and natural gas microgrid.  Completed this week, the 20 MW microgrid is now the primary power supply for the entire Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), … [Read more...]

CleanSpark Microgrid Cuts Customer Costs 80%

A recently commissioned solar-plus-storage microgrid in San Diego, California, reduced its host’s electricity bill by about 80% in its first month of operation, according to CleanSpark, one of the project’s partners. The microgrid was designed for WS Display/San Diego Sign to provide economic optimization and cleaner energy, as well as cut … [Read more...]

Quebec Town Begins Operating Clean Energy Microgrid Following Fossil Fuel Disaster

Lac-Mégantic, a town in Quebec, Canada, has begun powering its town center with a clean energy microgrid, part of its pursuit of greater sustainability following a fossil fuel disaster in 2013 that killed 47 people. Built in partnership with utility Hydro-Quebec, the microgrid serves more than 30 buildings, roughly half of the downtown … [Read more...]

What Needs to be Done to Move the Microgrid Industry Forward? Q&A with SEL

Three challenges right now are electric resiliency, cybersecurity threats and a fragile grid. Scott Manson, engineering technology director for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explains how microgrids can help in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, as part of the Microgrid 2021 Executive Interview … [Read more...]

Think a Land War in Asia is Hard? Try Developing This Microgrid, a First Ever for California and Model for Elsewhere

After scaling multiple development feats, the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid — California’s first 100% renewable, front-of-the-meter microgrid — has begun construction. The 2.25-MW solar-based microgrid in Humboldt County on California’s northern coast is a model for the state and the country, US Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said July 7 at … [Read more...]

San Diego Approves Deal with Shell New Energies for 8 Microgrids

Shell New Energies US will own and operate eight San Diego microgrids under a 25-year agreement approved by the San Diego, California city council. The microgrids on city facilities are set to include a total of 930 kW of solar photovoltaic systems, 2 MWh of battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, city staff said in a … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Forms Strategic Partnership with Footprint Project

Footprint Project, a small, rapid-response disaster relief operation, recently got a big boost with multinational giant Schneider Electric coming on as a strategic partner to support the organization’s microgrid efforts. The two pro-microgrid operations plan to act as strategic partners to help when calamities leave communities desperate for … [Read more...]

In Midst of Record Heat Wave, Oregon Passes Clean Energy Bill with Microgrid Provisions

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, wildfires and power outages, the Oregon Legislature Sunday passed a bill, HB 2021 C, that calls for 100% clean energy by 2040 as well as the inclusion of microgrids as part of community-based renewable energy projects. Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill. Temperatures hit 108 … [Read more...]