California School District Releases Terms, Pricing on Solar Microgrid Contracts with Engie

The Santa Barbara, California, school district this week approved entering into power purchase and performance service contracts with Engie Services US for 14 solar facilities, including six solar microgrids. At a January 12 meeting, the Santa Barbara Unified School District board gave the green light to power purchase agreements (PPAs) for … [Read more...]

Energy Industry Players Moving out of their Swim Lanes

New business models — such as utility use of mobile batteries for peak demand — are now emerging, along with new and needed distributed energy resource (DER) integration models, according to two new reports from Deloitte. Markets aren’t providing enough compensation for distributed energy resources (DER) which is blocking their expansion on the … [Read more...]

US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

In another sign that the US government is making energy resilience a priority, the Department of Energy (DOE) is incorporating microgrids as part of a program to spur $440 million in energy improvements for 16 federal projects Announced late last week, the effort is meant to bring energy efficiency and resilience to a range of facilities … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Protect Native American Site Plagued by Wildfire-Related Power Outages 

Thanks to a solar plus storage microgrid, resilient power will soon be a reality for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indian lands, an area threatened by wildfire-related power outages in California. The California Public Utilities Commission calls the tribe's lands a "Tier 3 – extreme threat" area that suffered multiple wildfires over the last … [Read more...]

California Demonstration Brings Prosumers into Energy Markets

A prototype community southeast of Los Angeles, California, aims to demonstrate the advantages of prosumers in a disadvantaged community selling into electricity markets and reaping a cleaner environment plus income and resilience. The Basset-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) is funded in part by a $9 million grant from the California … [Read more...]

IKEA to Build Large Solar Plus Storage Microgrid in Australia

Iconic retail giant IKEA is set to help power a microgrid initiative in South Australia. Part of a switch to 100% renewable energy, IKEA will tie in large-scale solar with storage capacity. IKEA’s Adelaide store will be powered with a 1.2 MW roof-top solar PV installation and 3.4 MWh of electricity storage, but the system will also support a … [Read more...]

Australian Gold Mine Installs Large Renewable Microgrid

Aggreko, a provider of energy services, has completed the installation of a large renewable microgrid at Australia's Granny Smith gold mine for Gold Fields, the operator of the mine and one of the world’s largest gold miners. A combination of 7.7 MW of peak solar power and a 2 MW/1 MWh battery system, integrated with Aggreko’s existing 27 MW … [Read more...]

Schneider Launches California Energy Action Program

Underscoring how much California has become an epicenter of microgrid development, one of the industry’s leading players, Schneider Electric, this week announced a California Energy Action Program. Schneider unveiled the plan in conjunction with the official launch of GreenStruxure, a new company that focuses on microgrids for medium-size … [Read more...]

How to Reduce PG&E’s Diesel Use During Fire Emergencies and Shutoffs?

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) can help reduce Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) diesel use during California fire emergencies, but only if new incentives are implemented and DER integration systems are created. Microgrids and DERs will be most helpful, at least in the short-term, if paired with other technologies, … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]