Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

Hydro-Quebec Pursues New Strategy with Lac-Mégantic Microgrid

Lac-Mégantic microgrid

Another utility – this one Hydro-Québec – is moving into microgrids. The hydroelectricity giant announced that it will develop the Lac-Mégantic microgrid, a project it describes as a major step in its technological evolution. The Canadian public utility is teaming with municipality Ville de Lac-Mégantic to build a solar plus storage microgrid in … [Read more...]

Military Tests Electric Vehicle-to-Microgrid Use at Miramar Base in San Diego


US Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego is the site of a new electric vehicle-to-microgrid-utility grid test and demonstration project. Six 15-passenger electric vans will be equipped with bidirectional, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charge/discharge capability and integrated into the air station's site-wide microgrid during the project's first … [Read more...]

Power-to-Gas in Microgrids: Competitive with Batteries?


Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas. Gregori spoke at a solar conference last week at the University of California, Riverside. Southern … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Inside a $40M Army Energy Efficiency Project and Microgrid on the Marshall Islands

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Johnson Controls has been awarded a $40 million energy conservation contract that includes a remote microgrid on the Marshall Islands, designed to boost resiliency and cut diesel use for the U.S. Army. A partnership of Johnson Controls and the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, the multi-stage project is underway at the U.S. Army Garrison … [Read more...]

Concentric to Offer $100M in Cogeneration and Microgrid Project Finance

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California-based Concentric Power has launched a $100 million program to finance cogeneration and microgrid projects, primarily for commercial and industrial companies. With roots in the U.S. food and agricultural industries, the company plans to leverage the new finance program to dive deeper into its core sector as well as expand into … [Read more...]

South Australia to Build World’s Largest Virtual Power Plant and Sizable Solar Microgrid

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South Australia lit up the distributed energy map yesterday with word that it will build the world’s biggest virtual power plant and a separate, sizable commercial solar microgrid. The 250-MW virtual power plant, which will use Tesla Powerwalls, will encompass 50,000 homes at full build-out in four years. The homes will be networked via … [Read more...]