Energy Access Fund to Boost Development of Off-Grid Microgrids and Minigrids

A new energy access fund has been launched in a bid to promote and support the development of microgrids and other measures across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. The Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) is backed by a partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors. Managed by Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA), its … [Read more...]

During Earthquakes and Fires, Oregon Military Microgrid Can Serve the Community for 14 Days

In Oregon, earthquakes and fires are the biggest disaster worry, and the Oregon Military Department (OMD) wants to be ready with a newly deployed military microgrid in the city of Dallas that can provide power to the Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center and community members for up to 14 days during outages. After 33 months of preparation, a … [Read more...]

Congressional Committee Authorizes Microgrid at Ohio Air Base

The National Defense Authorization Act, which is moving through the US House of Representatives, allocates $4.7 million to set up a military microgrid at a military-civil airport in Ohio. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $768 billion bill for fiscal year 2022 on Sept. 2, sending it to the House floor for a vote. Tucked in the … [Read more...]

Pandemic Created Slowdown but Didn’t Stop Completion of Snohomish County PUD’s Microgrid 

Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), the second largest public utility in Washington state, started construction on its long-planned airport microgrid in Arlington, Washington, just a few weeks before the first case of COVID-19 in the US was identified. The airport is just a few miles from the PUD’s Everett, Washington, headquarters, … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid Proposed for Southern California Army Airfield

The Joint Forces Training Base-Los Alamitos Army Airfield in Orange County, California, is planning on hosting a 30-MW solar microgrid. The California Army National Guard, which operates the airfield, would develop the microgrid.   The microgrid would provide increased energy resilience and security at the Joint Forces Training Base-Los … [Read more...]

US Rep. Panetta to Deliver Microgrid California Keynote

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, a Democrat from California, will be the keynote speaker at Microgrid California: Keeping the Power Flowing During Grid Disruption, a one-day regional event to be hosted by Microgrid Knowledge Oct. 5 in the San Francisco Bay area. The educational forum is designed for California businesses, institutions and communities … [Read more...]

What Are the Best Locations for Microgrids? Hawaii Is Mapping Them.

In an effort to spur microgrid development, Hawaiian Electric is working with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to develop a microgrid map that pinpoints areas across its service territory that are ideal for the technology. Project developers can use the map to contact potential microgrid participants and work with … [Read more...]

California Utility Tests Linear Generator to Reduce Diesel Use at Napa County Microgrid

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is deploying a 240-kW linear generator at a distribution system microgrid to see if the emerging technology can be used to reduce the use of diesel generators during emergencies or public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). Using an energy-as-a-sevice model, NextEra Energy Resources installed the linear … [Read more...]

Washington State Provides Funds for Nine Microgrids

Washington State announced $3.9 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund on Aug. 25, to design and build 18 electric grid modernization projects, including microgrids. Nine of the projects include microgrids and all help Washington’s utilities move the state closer to its 2045 goal of having 100% of its electricity supply free of … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti last week, EarthSpark International temporarily de-energized its 100-kW community microgrid in Les Anglais to check for downed wires and await possible aftershocks. Allison Archambault, president of the nonprofit organization, was terrified that EarthSpark wouldn’t be able to re-energize the microgrid if … [Read more...]