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...]

Future of Six Utility Microgrids Awaits Legislative Action in Illinois

Illinois stands to gain six utility microgrids – including a 17-MW airport microgrid – if state lawmakers approve an energy bill backed by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). The Exelon subsidiary promoted its microgrid plans last week during an event at the Universal Solar’s (Wanxiang Energy) panel manufacturing plant in Rockford, Ill. The utility … [Read more...]

Illinois Lawmakers Consider $300M for Utility Microgrids

Utility microgrids would get a big boost in Illinois under a smart grid bill introduced into the state legislature and backed by the state’s largest utility, Commonwealth Edison. The bill (HB 3328/SB1879) would let ComEd invest $300 million in six microgrid pilot projects that would serve healthcare, homeland security, transportation and water … [Read more...]