How the California Drought Affects Energy Storage and Microgrid Markets

California's water worries prompted the state to require utilities to acquire unprecedented amounts of energy storage. Similar worries could prompt other states to support solar and storage to help ease drought problems. And that will help boost the storage and microgrid markets, says Darren Hammell, co-founder and chief strategy officer for … [Read more...]

Army Moves Forward with Microgrid-Ready Solar in Alabama

Designing new solar projects to be 'microgrid-ready' can boost their value. As is often the case with energy innovation, the military is leading the way in this practice. Redstone Arsenal is a good example. Based in Alabama, the facility is a strategic hub for both the Army and NASA, so energy security is crucial. Thus, the Army plans to install … [Read more...]

US Air Force Unveils World’s Largest Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet

And so it begins. For years we've talked about the profound change the electric vehicle will bring to the power grid. And now, in Los Angeles the military will show how it's done with the world's largest vehicle-to-grid project to date. The Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) has acquired 42 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), the … [Read more...]

Princeton Power Systems Reaches 500-Unit Milestone…Sign of Growing Local Energy Market

Here’s another sign of the growing microgrid and local energy market. Princeton Power Systems, famous for the Alcatraz project, is reporting today that it has now manufactured and delivered more than 500 units of its grid-tied converter. Princeton Power Systems (not to be confused with  Princeton University’s microgrid ) designs and and … [Read more...]

Industry Insiders _Not_ Surprised that Utilities Like Microgrids

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So it turns out that utilities like microgrids, contrary to the notion – almost lore – that they dread them as economic disruptors or technical headaches. In fact, utilities view microgrids as a business opportunity. That was the finding of a recent project that I had the pleasure of working on with the nice folks at Utility Dive, who … [Read more...]