Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]

Footprint Project Seeks Solar, Battery, Trailer Donations as it Mobilizes for Hurricane Ida

The Footprint Project, a non-profit organization that provides microgrids and other emergency energy systems during disasters, is seeking equipment donations as it gets ready to respond to Hurricane Ida on the northern Gulf of Mexico. The Minnesota-based organization plans to dispatch mobile solar equipment to meet emergency power needs in … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Forms Strategic Partnership with Footprint Project

Footprint Project, a small, rapid-response disaster relief operation, recently got a big boost with multinational giant Schneider Electric coming on as a strategic partner to support the organization’s microgrid efforts. The two pro-microgrid operations plan to act as strategic partners to help when calamities leave communities desperate for … [Read more...]

How to Bring Microgrids to Areas Without Electricity

The challenges of bringing microgrids to the more than 800 million people who lack electricity include costs, technology and financing, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 session on "New Strategies to Hasten Microgrid Adoption in Remote Regions." But one of the underlying keys to success is understanding the needs of the communities the … [Read more...]

Serendipity — and Generous Donors — Helped the Footprint Project Bring Solar to Desperate Texans

It was fortuitous that Oscar Ruiz arrived in Texas on February 19. He had originally intended the trip for another reason, but he quickly became the point person for an on-the-ground mission to build emergency clean energy systems for desperate Texans. Millions had lost power and water as a result of an historic deep freeze. Ruiz is the … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid Shows Future of Humanitarian Aid, Powers COVID Clinic for Asylum Seekers at Mexican Border

The solar microgrid now powering a COVID-19 clinic for a camp of about 3,000 asylum seekers in Mexico began with an Instagram post. In April, Will Heegaard, director at Footprint Project, which focuses on providing clean energy in disaster areas, was keeping on eye on Instagram posts in high-risk areas. He saw a post by Global Response … [Read more...]