Schneider Starts Building 10-MW Microgrid at Air Base in Japan

Schneider Electric has started construction on a 10-MW microgrid project at a US Air Force base in Japan. The company is developing the project under a $403 million, 25-year energy savings performance contract that includes $167 million in implementation costs. The project at the Yokota air base near Tokyo, funded through guaranteed … [Read more...]

GreenStruxure Teams with Energy Advisory Company…Beyond the Grid Fund Opens Call for Microgrids in Mozambique

GreenStruxure joins forces with energy advisory company on microgrids for medium-size buildings GreenStruxure, the joint venture between Schneider Electric and private equity firm Huck Capital, has formed a microgrid partnership with a Texas-based retail energy advisory service. TruEnergy will work with GreenStruxure to offer … [Read more...]

California Regulators to Tackle Payment for DERs Acting as Non-Wires Alternatives

California is on a cutting edge quest to find ways to accurately value decentralized energy, as evidenced last month in its microgrid tariff decision, and this week as it takes up a proposal on using distributed energy as non-wires alternatives. The California Public Utilities Commission is slated Thursday to consider two pilot programs that … [Read more...]

Group Forms to Advocate for National Hydrogen Strategy as the Fuel Begins to Appear in More Microgrids

Several energy and industrial companies have formed a group, Hydrogen Forward, to press for a national strategy and spur investment in hydrogen, which is increasingly seen as a viable option for microgrids. The initiative was announced last week and comes as the Biden administration makes fighting climate change a central part of its efforts … [Read more...]

Another Military Microgrid on its Way as Ameresco Breaks Ground at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Ameresco has begun work on another military energy project that includes a microgrid, this one, a $173 million endeavor at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Massachusetts-based energy efficiency and renewable energy company said Friday that it has broken ground on the project, which includes a 19-MW combined heat and … [Read more...]

Built With Frugal Innovation, Solar Microgrids Improve Medical Care in the Himalayas

In remote villages in the Himalayas, medical centers often lack critical medical equipment, refrigerators for vaccines and dependable electricity for light and other essentials. But Paras Loomba intends to change that, bringing solar microgrids to medical centers, which will allow for vaccine storage, baby warmers, ventilators and other items that … [Read more...]

How to Engage Middle America on Climate? Make Resilience Primary, says Gina McCarthy

Bringing middle America into the climate discussion requires focusing on the importance of resilience and job creation, said Gina McCarthy, President Joe Biden’s new climate advisor, speaking yesterday at a policy forum organized by the Energy Storage Association. “Look, we have to get the middle of the country understanding and active on … [Read more...]

Message for President Joe Biden: US Infrastructure Needs Microgrids

President Joe Biden is expected to release an infrastructure plan this month that sounds ready-made for microgrids. His goal, he said, is to make infrastructure “more climate resilient” to achieve “cheaper and cleaner” transport. Although microgrids seem like a perfect match for Biden’s plan, it’s uncertain how much they will play into it. … [Read more...]

After Hurricanes, Rebuild Includes Microgrid on St. Thomas

California-based Capstone Turbine is providing microturbines for a microgrid project underway at the Estate Donoe Redevelopment Housing Project in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  The redevelopment project will replace the Estate Donoe public housing complex damaged by Hurricanes Marilyn, Irma and Maria. The project includes new housing, … [Read more...]

Australian Group Seeks Funds to Study Microgrids for Area Hit Hard by Bushfires

The Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA), an Australian organization focusing on climate change mitigation for the Eurobodalla region, has partnered with others to apply for funding to complete microgrid feasibility studies. Last summer's bushfires heavily impacted the Eurobodalla region, on the Southeast Australian coast, … [Read more...]