Solar Plus Storage: An Increasingly Cost-Competitive Way to Improve Resiliency

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In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Doug Staker of Demand Energy Networks, discusses the potential of solar plus storage — and how it can boost resiliency — with Microgrid Knowledge chief editor Elisa Wood.  Do you think solar plus storage is still too expensive to use in commercial projects? Consider what Doug Staker, vice … [Read more...]

Microgrid Kept Power On Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

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When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high winds and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology May be Taking Off Faster than Expected

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Rapid disruption in the electric power world has skeptics changing their minds about how quickly microgrid technology will take off. Demand Energy's Doug Staker says he numbers himself among them. With the business case proving itself more quickly than many originally envisioned, microgrid technology is going to “accelerate faster than most … [Read more...]

Duke Energy’s Green Microgrids Run Smoothly through Storm

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Two green microgrids operated by Duke Energy rode through a weakened Hurricane Irma with no hiccups, while customers experienced outages close by. The first, the Mt. Sterling solar plus  storage remote microgrid, serves a communications tower located on National Park Service property in the Great Smoky Mountains on Mt. Sterling, Haywood County, … [Read more...]

Sonnen Welcomes America to the Future with a Hometown Virtual Power Plant

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Before Sonnen became involved in a new and innovative Arizona project — a clean energy hive of 2,900 homes designed to act as a virtual power plant — the German company was frustrated with the US. In fact, Blake Richetta, Sonnen senior vice president, says that his CEO used a mild expletive to describe what it’s like trying to convince … [Read more...]

Mozambique Presents $500M Plan for Off-Grid, Mini-Grid and Microgrid Projects

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Mozambique recently presented foreign investors with the opportunity to participate in the development of up to $500 million in off-grid renewable energy, including mini-grid and microgrid projects, in remote communities across 10 provinces. Introduced by the Mozambique Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy on September 20, the program comes … [Read more...]

German Company sonnen to Deliver Emergency Microgrids to Puerto Rico

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Energy storage manufacturer sonnen said today that it is launching an effort to bring microgrids to Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria destroyed almost the entire electric grid. The German company is stepping in as the island’s utility, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), reports that it may take months to restore power to all of … [Read more...]

Lessons from Natural Disasters Spur New Microgrids in Japan

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Political and grassroots public support for a resilient, non-nuclear and fossil fuel-free future is gaining traction and spurring development of new microgrids in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is advancing efforts to invest greater sums to develop smart villages, towns and cities with interconnected, … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

The Potential of DC-Coupled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Dynapower's Chip Palombini shares how DC-coupled solar plus storage microgrids can help maximize energy potential and cut down on installation costs.  As utilities improve grid resiliency through the use of non-transmission alternatives, solar plus storage microgrids have gained traction for their … [Read more...]