How Financiers Think about Microgrid Project Funding

This is the first entry in a series courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions that shows readers the ins and outs of microgrid project funding. Find out what your potential financiers are thinking.  Mind the gap It’s far easier to finance a microgrid today than it was just a few years ago thanks to new financing … [Read more...]

Abengoa to Build Microgrid with Vanadium Flow Batteries at South African Mine

Bushveld Energy, a vanadium energy storage solutions provider, has selected Abengoa to construct Africa's first megawatt scale hybrid microgrid with flow batteries for the Vametco mine in South Africa. Abengoa, a Spanish multinational company in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, will engineer, supply and construct a 3.5 MW solar … [Read more...]

Colorado Utility Plans Technology Campus with Microgrid

In an effort to prepare for ongoing shifts in the utility sector, Colorado Springs Utilities aims to build a 160-acre Advanced Technologies Campus that is set to include a microgrid platform. The campus, to be built in phases, would allow CSU to test new technologies, pilot projects and “proof of concepts” before they are deployed in the … [Read more...]

Microgrid to be Built at Eaton Plant in Puerto Rico

Enel X will build a microgrid at an Eaton manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico, adding to the power management company’s fleet of microgrids. The project at Eaton’s Arecibo plant, which makes circuit breakers, includes 5 MW of photovoltaic solar and a 1.1 MW/2.2 MWh battery storage system, the companies said Dec. 2. The microgrid will also … [Read more...]

Horizon Power Prepares to Build Australia’s First Renewable Hydrogen Microgrid

Horizon Power plans to build Australia’s first renewable hydrogen microgrid, a move that is part of the country’s effort to foster the technology. The demonstration project will test the ability of hydrogen to serve as a dispatchable power source in remote microgrids, the utility said Nov. 27. “This plant will demonstrate how hydrogen can … [Read more...]

PG&E Faces Backlash Over “Optional” Label for Microgrids in Certain California Fire Zones

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is facing backlash for its proposal to label microgrids “optional” in certain California fire zones, a label that critics say would nearly double the cost of developing microgrids and result in fewer coming online. The proposal emerged within a proceeding before the California Public Utilities Commission … [Read more...]

PXiSE CEO Explores the Biggest Influences for the Microgrid Market in 2020

In this video, Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviews Patrick Lee, co-founder and CEO of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a Sempra Energy company. The interview, about trends in the microgrid market, took place during Microgrid 2020 Global. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEj9_EklMdc&feature=youtu.be The two explore … [Read more...]

Zibelman Issues Parting Advice on Australia’s Energy Market; Readies for New Job at Google

Audrey Zibelman, former chair of the New York Public Service Commission and an early architect of the state's Reforming the Energy Vision, offers parting insights about energy market reform as she readies to leave her position as CEO of the primary grid operator in Australia. This article originated on RenewEconomy. Outgoing CEO of the … [Read more...]

How to Make FERC 2222 Work for Microgrids

FERC 2222 presents promise  — but also challenges — for the US microgrid industry, according to energy policy experts who spoke this week at Microgrid 2020 Global, a virtual onference that attracted more than 4,300 people. The federal order, expected to pave the way for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete with … [Read more...]

Industry Bullish on Future of Microgrid Market Over Next 10 Years

The microgrid industry is bullish about the future of the microgrid market over the next 10 years, expecting the energy as a service model and modular microgrids to grow quickly worldwide. But in the US, regulatory challenges create hurdles,  said speakers Tuesday during the second day of the Microgrid 2020 Global Conference. “If we lay the … [Read more...]