Ghana to make more than $85 million investment in minigrids and stand-alone solar

Ghana will develop 35 minigrids and stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, an investment of more than $85 million, under agreements with the African Development Fund and the government of Switzerland. The systems, with installed capacity of 67.5 MW, will serve schools, health centers and communities. The project comes as the nation … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, releases RFI in next step to create unique microgrid-centered utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday in its latest step to set up one of the nation’s most ambitious microgrid projects, which includes the creation of its own county utility. The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals the county intends to issue for multiple microgrids developed in public/private … [Read more...]

Colorado Gov. Polis signs bills to create microgrid roadmap, offer rural grants

Colorado will create a microgrid roadmap and make microgrid grants available for municipal utilities and cooperatives under two bills signed last week by Gov. Jared Polis.  The Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap (HB22-1249) and the Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program (HB22-1013) cleared their final hurdle to … [Read more...]

Utilities: Take our microgrid survey and become eligible for a free drone

What is a utility, exactly? What does it do? The simple answer, of course, is that it sells electricity or natural gas or both. But that’s changing as utilities offer more and more value-added services for customers. They’re doing so because their customers want to capture energy resilience and sustainability. They want to lower energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge names Greater Good Award winners at Microgrid 2022

The 2022 winners of the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards provide for night time studying, streetlights and entertainment in India, resilience during natural disasters and public safety power shut offs (PSPS) at a college in California, vaccinations and power for critical medical equipment at a medical facility in the Himalayas and … [Read more...]

In Australia, New South Wales’ grid operator goes against the convention and pursues a microgrid

Renew Economy's Giles Parkinson describes a bold move in Australia by New South Wales grid operator Transgrid to pursue a microgrid over a more conventional diesel option. Plans to power the remote New South Wales mining city of Broken Hill with a world-first renewable microgrid have been revived after transmission company Transgrid found a … [Read more...]

Navy becomes latest military branch to set a microgrid goal as part of climate strategy

The US Navy and Marine Corps said it plans to build cybersecure microgrids at critical military facilities as part of a climate strategy released this week. The news comes on the heels of a similar climate strategy by the US Army, which in February announced it will build a microgrid at each of its 130 bases worldwide. “Climate change is … [Read more...]

A Florida neighborhood tries out a microgrid like no other

The word "unique" gets attached to so many energy projects, it hardly has meaning anymore. But a new microgrid now operating near Tampa, Florida, lives up to the billing because of the technology it uses, the customers it serves, and the cost recovery structure it employs. Located in the Southshore Bay housing development in Hillsborough … [Read more...]

Why the power industry is jittery about the US electric grid this summer

Summer is always a jittery time for the power industry — the electric grid doesn’t like extreme heat. It likes hurricanes even less. But nervousness appears to be running higher than usual — and for good reason. Jim Robb, president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. summed it up well in the organization’s quarterly … [Read more...]

Microgrid projects to the moon and back

Developers say microgrid projects are being planned pretty much everywhere now. I suspect they mean everywhere on Earth. It turns out they are thinking small. Why not a microgrid on the moon? A US federal lab thinks it's plausible — and may even be necessary — if we are to venture further to Mars. The Sandia National Laboratories is … [Read more...]