Considering a Microgrid for Your Facility? We’ve Designed Microgrid 2021 for You

If you're considering a microgrid for your facility or community, then Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids is the conference for you.  Here’s an opportunity to learn -- all in one place -- from 50 of the industry's top experts in 20 educational sessions offered conveniently over four weeks, May 11-June 3. Here are five reasons to … [Read more...]

7 Energy Storage Questions Answered

Ben Lavoie, of Ameresco, describes what drives the battery energy storage market, why it's valuable to pair storage and distributed energy, and how close battery storage is to becoming the norm. Microgrid Knowledge (MGK): Give us the background: From your view as an energy services provider, how are organizations maximizing the benefits of … [Read more...]

Top 10 Microgrid White Papers of 2020 — Expert Energy Strategies Amid a Turbulent Year

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year was one for the books for almost every industry. But the energy industry was also responding to other unique occurrences, such as significant wildfires in California and multiple hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. In light of these challenges, many in the industry turned to expert advice and strategies … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Lessons to Set a Project up for Success

When most people think about microgrids, they likely think about a resiliency tool or "back-up plan" for a critical facility, such as a hospital or school. But the community microgrid is a different animal all together. That's according to a new report from Hoffman Power Consulting. Community microgrids can serve more than 1,000 energy … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Intelligently Controlled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

As the share of renewable energy increases and utilities evolve, solar plus storage microgrids with intelligent controls become increasingly attractive. Amanda Kabak, chief technology officer and principal architect at CleanSpark, explains why. Solar energy has gained traction in the energy market, altering the load profiles that utilities … [Read more...]

Cook Islands Boosts Microgrid Capabilities with Storage

Rarotonga, the remote South Pacific island that is part of the Cook Islands, plans to boost its microgrid capabilities with new energy storage capacity. Under the terms of a deal signed with New Zealand’s Vector Powersmart, Rolls-Royce company MTU will supply three containerized battery storage units. The MTU EnergyPacks, packaged in … [Read more...]

SparkMeter Expands Emerging Market Play with $12M in Financing

Microgrid operators in emerging markets often struggle with electricity and revenue loss because of non-payment, load management challenges, and poor customer service. To address this, SparkMeter, which offers grid management solutions, is expanding its emerging market play with $12 million in new financing. The Series A financing was led by … [Read more...]

Why Renewable Microgrids Now?

The simple answer, of course, is that renewables create clean energy. But it turns out the argument for renewable microgrids is evolving — a lot.  Renewables can offer better price, fuel security and reliability, especially when compared with diesel generators, according to Nathan Adams, director of technology and business development at … [Read more...]

What Do You Need to Know to Reduce Utility Charges with a Microgrid?

Let’s say microgrid developer PowerSecure has been asked to price out the feasibility of a microgrid at a retail grocery store in Wisconsin. How does the developer go about finding the utility pricing information that will demonstrate that the project is or isn’t financially viable? The answer isn’t simple, said Brian Knight, structured … [Read more...]

What the $11B Hitachi ABB Joint Venture Means to Microgrids

Several global technology giants are vying to capture the fast-growing microgrid market, and now the coming together of two — Hitachi and ABB — could reconfigure the landscape. Japan-based Hitachi and Switzerland-based ABB finalized a new $11 billion joint venture last week that will become home to ABB’s Grid Edge Solutions, its arm that … [Read more...]