San Jose, California mayor again pushes for energy independence with support of Google microgrid

The San Jose City Council voted this week to take the next step in reviewing a microgrid planned by Google, giving Mayor Sam Liccardo another victory in his quest for city energy independence. “We need dependable, resilient, reliable power, and microgrids are clearly a pathway to doing so for many communities,” Liccardo said during the April … [Read more...]

Diesel off, but lights still on in remote Alaska thanks to a new microgrid

A microgrid with energy storage takes on a whole new meaning when you are truly 'off the grid' in a place where temperatures can drop to 40 below zero. Such is the case in Shungnak, Alaska, a 9.6 square mile community of about 300 people that live in the Northwest Arctic Borough above the Arctic Circle. Details about the community’s new … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Commissioning Partner for Solar + BESS Project Success

Commissioning is the process of making sure that all of the individual systems and components of your solar PV and battery energy storage system (BESS) project are up to spec, installed according to industry standards and meet the project's pre-set design requirements. The process starts at the project's concept phase and continues throughout the … [Read more...]

New US government forecast shows on-site energy doubling

Here’s the good news for microgrids. On-site energy will double in the US and renewables will grow faster than any other form of energy through 2050, according to the most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Here’s the bad news. Even after doubling, on-site energy will account for only 6%-8% … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide more than just reliability

Hospitals, colleges, utilities and a growing number of other industries are turning to microgrids as they look for reliable ways to power their operations. Looking beyond reliability, a new white paper from Mesa Solutions outlines some lesser known benefits that a microgrid can provide.  Mesa Solutions describes a microgrid as being "like … [Read more...]

Microgrid-powered facility in Wisconsin produces renewable natural gas for California

Powering an anaerobic digester project with a renewable microgrid has transformed the economics of biogas at a newly commissioned plant in Wisconsin. The facility is turning organic waste from more than 4,000 dairy cows into renewable natural gas and injecting it into a natural gas pipeline for use as a transportation fuel in … [Read more...]

Top Microgrid Perspectives Columns for 2021 — Most read guest articles

Your most pressing energy storage questions answered. How microgrids can manage the disruptive force of electric vehicles. Why natural gas generators are critical to microgrids. These are just a few of the topics explored in the most popular Microgrid Perspectives columns of 2021. These guest articles were penned by leaders in the microgrid … [Read more...]

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...]