Threat of Wildfires and Power Shutdowns Heightens Urgency for Microgrid in California Community

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Recent power shutdowns by Pacific Gas &Electric (PGE) -- and the likelihood of more to come -- has renewed the urgency of a microgrid feasibility study being carried out for the Northern California City of Calistoga. California utilities undertake the shutdowns, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when wildfire risk heightens. … [Read more...]

Panasonic and Indian Utility Team up to Roll Out Urban Microgrids

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Panasonic and Indian electricity utility group BYPL recently installed four solar-plus-storage-based urban microgrids on rooftops at the utility's offices in the Delhi region, piloting what development partners expect will be many more to come. The partnership's microgrids offer 5-7 kW of solar with daily battery energy storage capacity … [Read more...]

Off-Grid Microgrid to Power Oil and Gas Operations in Tunisia

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Italian multinational energy corporation ENI is building an off-grid, solar-storage microgrid at an oil and gas facility in Tunisia and integrating it with existing, on-site natural gas generation. All the energy produced by the off-grid microgrid will be used to power the facility's upstream operations. Metka EGN, a wholly owned … [Read more...]

Small Businesses in New York City Install Microgrids with RISE Funds

New York City

UGE International recently signed a contract with the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYEDC) to deploy 10 solar and battery storage microgrids in New York City, part of program boosting microgrids for small businesses in the city. The contract grew out of NYEDC’s Resiliency Innovation for a Stronger Economy (RISE) program that was … [Read more...]

Nigerian Universities Graduate to Off-Grid Microgrids

Nigerian universities

Four Nigerian universities will soon disconnect from the national grid with off-grid microgrids, as part of a national program to bring microgrids to dozens of universities. A subsidiary of Greece's Mytilineos, METKA Power West Africa is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for phase one of the four Energizing Education … [Read more...]

Micro Power Plant Start-Up Aims to Spur Decentralized Energy Revolution in Myanmar

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A solar energy-centered microgrid start-up -- one that develops what it calls micro power systems -- is bringing electrification for the first time to towns and villages in Myanmar. Gaining the support of foreign development organizations such as Norway's Norfund, Yoma Micro Power has installed 51 off-grid micro power plants in rural Myanmar … [Read more...]

Solar Housing Linked to Bronzeville Microgrid Provides Social Justice, Technology Research

Bronzeville Microgrid

Chicago's Bronzeville microgrid project is demonstrating the social justice benefits of decentralized energy with the completion this month of solar installations on 660 residential units in the Dearborn Homes Community. The project, a partnership of Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), developer VLV Development and the Chicago Housing … [Read more...]

Texas Utility Commission to Take Up Utility Ownership of Storage Assets

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The Texas Public Utility Commission is expected to address a lingering question this summer: Are utilities permitted to own battery storage to provide reliability solutions — if the competitive market there is unable to do so? The microgrid industry sits on both sides of the issue. One group is saying that utilities won’t develop microgrids … [Read more...]

Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: Australia Grid Operator Proposes Off-Grid Microgrids in Remote Areas

Australia

Giles Parkinson of One Step Off the Grid explains a proposal released today by Australia's chief grid operator to replace large swaths of transmission and distribution with off-grid microgrids and solar plus storage. In a landmark development, Australia’s principal energy rule maker has paved the way for network operators to sever the … [Read more...]

Solar-Plus-Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development

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This is the latest in a series of articles on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we focus on a discussion about energy storage from the panel "Beyond Islanding: The Well-Connected Microgrid." Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to … [Read more...]