New Solar Incentive in Massachusetts…Tecogen to Install School Microgrid…Launch Alaska Deadline Near

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Another microgrid-friendly move in Massachusetts Massachusetts looks even more microgrid-friendly with approval yesterday of a new solar tariff expected to save ratepayers $4.7 billion over current programs and make rooftop solar cash flow positive more quickly. Under the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), a project under 5 MW … [Read more...]

Economics Stack up for Microgrids with Long Duration Energy Storage

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Long duration energy storage offers “value-add economics” for microgrids and renewables integrations, according to a recent report from Lux Research. The research and advisory services firm modeled the cost of deploying different technologies for long duration energy storage for five key services: peaker plant replacement, renewables … [Read more...]

Solar-Storage Microgrids Poised to Surge Amid Philippines’ Rural Electrification Drive

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The Philippines microgrid market appears poised to surge as new rural electrification regulations and programs open doors to project development. Working to realize President Rodrigo Duterte's goal of 100 percent electrification by 2022, the government is implementing regulatory changes and new programs related to microgrid projects, … [Read more...]

Australian Town Pursues Solar Microgrid to Reduce Use of Coal

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid describes a community in Australia that is building a solar microgrid to reduce use of coal to generate electricity. The northeastern Victorian town of Euroa has become the latest regional center to turn to locally generated and stored solar power to shore up its electricity supply, and reduce demand from … [Read more...]

Portland Plans Microgrid Statues in Parks. Will Use Pedal-Power

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The city of Portland and three partners have launched a pilot to offer emergency microgrid support in a park statue that will charge cell phones and store emergency supplies. It’s a classic project for this green city, featuring solar, storage and pedal power in a visible, small public park on Portland State University's (PSU) campus. But … [Read more...]

Watch out for these Roadblocks to California Microgrids

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Certain California microgrids are in for trouble due to rules and regulations in the state that could boost costs and render them uneconomic, according to Alex Porteshawver, distributed energy policy manager for the Center for Sustainable Energy. The challenges apply to California microgrid projects on non-adjacent properties or projects … [Read more...]

From Kansas Ranch to Air Adventure, New Mobile Microgrid Makes the Rounds

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Surveying the market for a mobile microgrid system for the company ranch, Faith Technologies couldn't find an off-the-shelf solution that met its requirements. So the company built one. *Photo provided by Faith Technologies CEO Mike Jansen began contemplating the idea because the grid serving the company's 1,000-acre western Kansas ranch … [Read more...]

Siemens Offers Plan for Competitively Priced Mini-grids in Puerto Rico

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Configuring Puerto Rico's electric system into 10 mini-grids could bring the island much-needed resiliency at a competitive price, according to a white paper issued by Siemens this week. “Resilient by Design: Enhanced Reliability and Resiliency for Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid” describes a plan that segments the island’s grid while boosting … [Read more...]

Tribe Seeks Energy Sovereignty With Solar Microgrid, Eco-Village & Utility

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A tribal community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is pursuing energy sovereignty with a solar microgrid, eco-village and Tribal Utility Authority, and to date has received two federal grants to support this effort. The Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corp (MWCDC) hopes to establish energy self-sufficiency that supports its sustainability … [Read more...]

Kaiser Permanente, Project Partners Showcase Hospital Solar-Storage Microgrid Demonstration

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A solar-storage microgrid demonstration at a California hospital aims to deliver substantial energy cost savings, as well as enhance reliability, resiliency and environmental quality. Renewable energy microgrids, such as the one up and running at Kaiser Permanente's Richmond Medical Center, have the potential to reduce hospitals' energy bills by … [Read more...]