Microgrid to Help Produce 500,000 Pounds of Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Arugula and Herbs 

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Schneider Electric and Scale Microgrid Solutions are partnering on a 1.75 MW microgrid for a major indoor farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scale Microgrid will design, build, own, and operate the system for Fifth Season, a startup indoor farming company, using standardized microgrid modules.  Using Schneider Electric lithium-ion … [Read more...]

Microgrid Installed for Low-income Apartments, First for Washington DC

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In a first for Washington DC, a microgrid that combines solar and energy storage has been installed in an affordable housing complex. The Maycroft Apartment's $327,000 resiliency center includes a 70.2-kW rooftop solar array combined with a 46-kW/56 kWh battery system that can disconnect from the grid and provide power for up to three days … [Read more...]

CPUC Should Adopt an Ambitious 2030 Carbon Emissions Target

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A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposal may not be the most efficient way for the state to attain a zero-carbon electric sector by 2045, which is required by state law. Mohit Chhabra and Sergio Sanchez Lopez of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explain. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) should set … [Read more...]

Microgrid Products Roundup: SCADA Systems, Smart Chargers & New Energy Storage Options

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January kicked off with new energy and microgrid products hitting the market from Russelectric, Enel X and Humless. The products range from power control systems that ensure remote monitoring capabilities to new, enhanced smart charging stations. Here is a rundown of some of the latest energy and microgrid products: Siemens' Russelectric … [Read more...]

January 15 is Deadline for Microgrid 2020 Speaker Applications

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For those interested in speaking or receiving a discounted registration, please make note of two important Microgrid 2020 deadlines in January. The industry's largest gathering, Microgrid 2020 will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An additional pre-conference policy and regulatory workshop is scheduled for June 1. Tours of … [Read more...]

US Clean Future Act Includes Grants and Support for Microgrids and Energy Storage

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Lawmakers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week released the framework for a comprehensive clean energy bill, the Clean Future Act, that includes grants and other support for microgrids and energy storage. The bill lays out a climate plan to make the US net-zero for greenhouse gases no later than 2050 and gives states the … [Read more...]

Policy & Regulatory Shifts Opening Door for Agriculture Microgrids, More in California

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Agricultural regions don't always have robust electrical infrastructure, fast internet and other key services needed for manufacturers and large businesses to remain competitive. So operating at the grid edge has become "an increasingly risky proposition," particularly for agricultural and food processing companies in California, according to a new … [Read more...]

Yes, Solar Plus Storage is Cost Effective

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Ryan Shea and Madeline Tyson of Rocky Mountain Institute show why commercial customers paying demand charges and time-of-use rates should seriously consider an investment in solar plus storage, a common technology used in microgrids. As shown in a recent RMI report, battery energy storage costs are less than a fifth of what they were a … [Read more...]

Camp Roberts to Issue Resiliency Solicitation

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The US Department of Defense intends to issue an energy resiliency solicitation in early January for a project at Camp Roberts in Monterey, California. The project will also include the Army Signal Activity-Camp Roberts. The military installation will seek firm-fixed price bids for contracts up to 30 years. Specifically, the contract … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

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Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]