Japanese Island Ditches Diesel for Microgrid Renewables

Plans are underway for a new microgrid that will combine renewable generation and energy storage batteries to supply tiny Okinoerabu Island in the southern part of Japan. The microgrid will use Kyocera’s energy management system to control solar, wind and storage battery capacity. Designed to promote local economic development and reduce … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Again Rolls Out Big Microgrid Plans, This Time for Transportation Electrification

Greater Los Angeles, California, is emerging as an innovation hub for microgrids, evidenced most recently by a plan to install what is being described as one of the US’ largest EV charging stations powered by a solar and storage microgrid. The Washington Bus Yard project comes as the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) works to … [Read more...]

Resilient Palisades Issues Solicitation in First Phase of Pali Microgrid

Resilient Palisades (RP), a nonprofit group, has issued a solicitation for solar and battery system contractors as part of Phase I of Pali Microgrid, a community microgrid it is planning in Pacific Palisades, California. The Pali Microgrid is expected to be one of the first community microgrids in the US installed in an established … [Read more...]

Congressional Committee Authorizes Microgrid at Ohio Air Base

The National Defense Authorization Act, which is moving through the US House of Representatives, allocates $4.7 million to set up a military microgrid at a military-civil airport in Ohio. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $768 billion bill for fiscal year 2022 on Sept. 2, sending it to the House floor for a vote. Tucked in the … [Read more...]

Is Oversizing Renewable Energy the Key to Net Zero?

Often policymakers and planners assume that renewables plus storage are too expensive to bring online in large quantities, but a new report from the independent think tank RethinkX challenges that view. Rethinking Climate Change finds that it’s important to add these technologies, both in front and behind the meter, and to oversize the … [Read more...]

California Makes Big Move on Solarizing Commercial Buildings

The California Energy Commission has approved first-of-its-kind building standards to spur solar and battery storage — often components in microgrids — in a range of new commercial buildings. Approved unanimously August 11, the standards are set to be considered by the California Building Standards Commission in December and, if approved, … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power the 149th Open Golf Championship

Aggreko and the R&A, one of the governing bodies of golf worldwide, delivered renewable power via microgrids at the 149th Open Championship in Sandwich, England. According to Aggreko, the microgrids provided 5% of the event’s overall power needs from solar, generators that use energy storage and hydro vegetable oil (HVO), a fossil-free … [Read more...]

Balancing Microgrid Goals: Can Carbon-Free Electricity Alone Guarantee the Lights Will Stay On?

Microgrids can be carbon-free or fully reliable, but generally not both — at least not yet, according to most experts on a Microgrid 2021 panel that looked at balancing microgrid goals. The debate comes as businesses and institutions are striving to reduce the risk their power could be cut off, according to Matt Roberts, panel moderator and … [Read more...]

April 27 Webinar: When Renewable Microgrids Make Sense and When They Don’t

Renewable energy microgrids are gaining popularity with industries, institutions, communities and even residential consumers because they provide clean energy, potential cost savings and reliable power. In addition, there are a number of tax incentives available, systems are easily scalable, and they can be built faster and are more environmentally … [Read more...]

Serendipity — and Generous Donors — Helped the Footprint Project Bring Solar to Desperate Texans

It was fortuitous that Oscar Ruiz arrived in Texas on February 19. He had originally intended the trip for another reason, but he quickly became the point person for an on-the-ground mission to build emergency clean energy systems for desperate Texans. Millions had lost power and water as a result of an historic deep freeze. Ruiz is the … [Read more...]