Why These 10 Microgrids Won Funding in California

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Ten California microgrid projects recently beat 150 others in a competition for $51.9 million in state grant money. What set them apart? The winners had to meet strict requirements, demonstrating a business case for advanced microgrids that support the state’s energy and greenhouse gas policies. That included proving that projects had commercial … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

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At the tail end of installing 15 solar plus storage microgrids across Puerto Rico -- all of the work charitable -- Sonnen and Pura Energia are providing humanitarian relief and a hint of the energy model the island could become. The latest installation, for a school in the mountain town of Orocovis, comes as over 14 percent of Puerto Ricans … [Read more...]

SunPower Completes Microgrid-Ready Project for Alabama Army Installation


Not liking to do things halfway, the U.S. Army is going all in on renewables with a 10-MW solar microgrid-ready project, now in operation at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Designed, built and operated by SunPower, the project also features  a 1 MW energy storage system. The Army pursued the energy improvement to enhance energy resilience, … [Read more...]

More Government Microgrid Funding, This Time from Ontario

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Ontario awarded US$1.97 million in microgrid funding for three projects Friday, continuing what’s been a significant round of government financial backing in North America this month. Earlier in February, California selected 10 microgrid projects to receive $51.9 million in grants, and Massachusetts announced $1.05 million in feasibility study … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Gets Biggest Boost in Years. Thank you FERC

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A recent federal ruling is likely to give energy storage its biggest boost in years, and buoy microgrids along the way, by granting storage more access to revenue from competitive wholesale electricity markets. Issued February 15 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the rule aims to eliminate barriers that prevent energy storage from … [Read more...]

Details on the 14 Massachusetts Community Microgrid Projects that Won Funding

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Massachusetts named 14 community microgrid projects that will each receive grants of $75,000 for microgrid feasibility studies. Here are the project details provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, following the February 21 announcement. Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown Application Team: Partners HealthCare, Thompson … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Funds 14 Microgrid Projects in 12 Communities

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Massachusetts today named 14 microgrid projects that will each receive grants of $75,000 for microgrid feasibility studies. In doing so, Massachusetts became the second state in as many days to allot a block of money to microgrid projects. California yesterday chose 10 projects to receive a total of $51.9 million in matching grants. The … [Read more...]

California Names 10 Winners for $51.9 Million in Microgrid Grants

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Look for acceleration of the already active California microgrid market following yesterday’s announcement that 10 new projects will receive $51.9 million in microgrid grants. The money comes from the California Energy Commission, which had originally planned to allot $44.7 million but increased the offering after reviewing the 60 grant … [Read more...]

Too Few Microgrids for Puerto Rico? Or Too Many? Depends on Who You Ask


With power still not fully restored, Puerto Rico finds itself forced to quickly answer questions about microgrids that much of the U.S. mainland has yet to tackle. How many microgrids are enough? What’s the utility role? What price should customers pay for microgrid power? How green should they be? And what defines a microgrid, … [Read more...]

Long Before Microgrids were Called Microgrids: The Russelectric Story


You might say the world’s just catching up to Russelectric. Long before microgrids were called microgrids, the Massachusetts-based company offered the technology. “We have been building microgrid and distributed energy controllers and systems for 50-60 years, they just weren't calling them that,” said John Stark, Russelectric’s marketing … [Read more...]