Enchanted Rock’s reciprocating engine secures CARB DG certification

Texas-based microgrid developer Enchanted Rock said its reciprocating engine has become the first such engine to meet the strict emissions standards under the California Air Resources Board Distributed Generation (CARB DG) certification. Most CARB DG certified technologies are microturbines and fuel cells, while Enchanted Rock's application … [Read more...]

A dozen more microgrids move forward in San Diego

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced four new microgrids this week, while another eight microgrids, which are being developed for the California city by Gridscape Solutions, moved forward with a construction contract. The new projects add to a growing list of microgrids in the San Diego area at a range of facilities from … [Read more...]

Should you even bother connecting to the grid?

After years of developing energy projects, and dealing with the frustrations of interconnecting to the grid, Ben Parvey said enough is enough. It’s time to help people get off the grid. Parvey is not a back-to-the-land romantic. He’s a former public finance attorney who since 2008 has served as CEO of New Jersey-based Blue Sky Power, which … [Read more...]

Pay microgrid owners to boost California’s grid? Credits and “price machines” proposed

Two separate proposals floated last week before California regulators open the door for financial incentives that would encourage microgrid owners to step in and help out when the electric grid is falling short. Fuel cell company Bloom Energy offered the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a specific plan to provide credits to … [Read more...]

Husk Power Systems sets goal to build 500 microgrids in Nigeria by 2026

Husk Power Systems, which operates a large fleet of community solar microgrids across Africa and Asia, has set an ambitious new goal to build at least 500 microgrids by 2026 and bring renewable energy to 2 million Nigerians. In what it is calling the Nigeria Sunshot Initiative, the company intends to not only build the microgrids, but also … [Read more...]

How to succeed as a microgrid startup: Xendee’s story

Xendee, which develops microgrid decision support software, reached its four-year anniversary this month and with it came the brass ring so many microgrid startups seek — its Series A financing. I spoke with Adib Naslé, CEO and co-founder of Xendee, who described the journey and offered insight into how to position a startup on the right … [Read more...]

Australian university studies possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes an Australian university's plan to investigate a possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales Eurobodalla Shire, a region vulnerable to power outages. A project led by the Australian National University (ANU) has selected eight sites on the New South Wales south coast for a deeper … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to build California’s largest RNG microgrid for Microsoft

Microsoft has contracted with Enchanted Rock to develop a data center microgrid — the largest microgrid in California to date that will use renewable natural gas (RNG) to offset fossil fuels. Located in San Jose, a city whose mayor has become an outspoken advocate of microgrids and grid independence, the microgrid will be part of a Microsoft … [Read more...]

AXA IM Alts makes investment in GreenStruxure

AXA IM Alts, a European-based investor with about $160 billion in assets under management, said today that it has committed $15 million to microgrid developer GreenStruxure, joining earlier investors Huck Capital and Inclusive Capital Partners, alongside strategic investor and technology partner Schneider Electric. GreenStruxure has been … [Read more...]

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...]