Trends Creating Tail Winds for the Microgrid Industry

“All winds are blowing in the direction of microgrids,” said Annette Clayton, CEO of Schneider North America in an interview with Microgrid Knowledge this week. The interview followed Schneider Electric's Innovation Summit North America 2021, a Nov. 10 teleconference that focused on energy resilience and sustainability. Speakers identified … [Read more...]

Microgrids Cropping Up in Florida with Utility Partners

Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the US, vulnerable to an average $15.4 billion in storm damages annually. So it’s perplexing that state government hasn’t made at least as much fanfare about microgrids as places like California and New Jersey. But even if its government isn’t leading the way, microgrids are cropping up in the … [Read more...]

What the US Infrastructure Deal Does for Microgrids

Last week’s passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by the US House of Representatives paves the way for a range of new funding opportunities for microgrids. Pushed by President Biden, and already approved by the Senate in August, H.R. 3684 is now cleared to become law after a 228-206 vote Friday night by the House.  UPDATE! President … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Again Rolls Out Big Microgrid Plans, This Time for Transportation Electrification

Greater Los Angeles, California, is emerging as an innovation hub for microgrids, evidenced most recently by a plan to install what is being described as one of the US’ largest EV charging stations powered by a solar and storage microgrid. The Washington Bus Yard project comes as the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) works to … [Read more...]

Nigerian Rollout of Multiple Microgrids Shows Opportunity for Scale

Six new microgrids have been developed simultaneously in Nigeria as part of a rural electrification program backed by the World Bank. The projects show the considerable possibilities available from the scaling up of microgrid rollout programs. Located in Nasarawa State, the solar hybrid microgrid projects will provide clean, reliable and … [Read more...]

California Water District Expects to Save $73M with Microgrid

Microgrid controllers, natural gas gensets, solar and storage are expected to save $73 million when combined into a new clean-powered energy system at California’s Yucaipa Valley Regional Water Filtration Facility and the Wochholz Regional Water Recycling Facility.   The Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD) board of directors approved a … [Read more...]

Yotta Secures Funding for Microgrid-Ready System that Slips Batteries Under Rooftop Solar Panels

Yotta Energy has secured $13 million to scale the building-as-a-power-plant concept with a microgrid-ready system that tucks a briefcase size battery under rooftop solar panels.  The Austin, Texas-based energy storage company is pitching its product as a way to overcome the problem of finding space for batteries in commercial buildings. … [Read more...]

Alliant Energy to Build Its First Community Microgrid in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy, a utility based in Madison, Wisconsin, has announced the development of its first community microgrid project. Expected to be complete in the spring of 2022, the microgrid will serve the Village of Boaz in Richland County, a small community that experienced 10 outages between 2017 and 2019. After weighing the option of … [Read more...]

California to Consider 4 Utility Microgrids to Help Avert Possible Capacity Shortfall

A plan by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to build four utility microgrids won an initial nod last week in a proceeding underway before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to avert a possible capacity shortfall for the next two summers. The utility microgrids were included in what California calls a “proposed … [Read more...]

Resilient Palisades Issues Solicitation in First Phase of Pali Microgrid

Resilient Palisades (RP), a nonprofit group, has issued a solicitation for solar and battery system contractors as part of Phase I of Pali Microgrid, a community microgrid it is planning in Pacific Palisades, California. The Pali Microgrid is expected to be one of the first community microgrids in the US installed in an established … [Read more...]