In Landmark Feat, Australian Community Microgrid Runs on 100% Solar Plus Storage

Onslow, a remote town in Western Australia, got all its electricity for 80 minutes from solar power, a first-ever feat that shows how an advanced microgrid controller and a distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) can help communities use increasing amounts of renewable energy without grid stability issues, according to the Horizon … [Read more...]

Plan Announced for 1,000 Solar, Battery and Hydrogen Microgrids in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step off the Grid, reports on a Western Australia microgrid plan expected to save the government hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Western Australia’s Labor Party has announced plans to both build and install 1,000 standalone power systems – or SAPS – including solar, battery storage and … [Read more...]

Group Forms to Advocate for National Hydrogen Strategy as the Fuel Begins to Appear in More Microgrids

Several energy and industrial companies have formed a group, Hydrogen Forward, to press for a national strategy and spur investment in hydrogen, which is increasingly seen as a viable option for microgrids. The initiative was announced last week and comes as the Biden administration makes fighting climate change a central part of its efforts … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

Horizon Power Prepares to Build Australia’s First Renewable Hydrogen Microgrid

Horizon Power plans to build Australia’s first renewable hydrogen microgrid, a move that is part of the country’s effort to foster the technology. The demonstration project will test the ability of hydrogen to serve as a dispatchable power source in remote microgrids, the utility said Nov. 27. “This plant will demonstrate how hydrogen can … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powers Town and Opens Door to Federation of Microgrids in Australia

Australia utility Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions, a provider of microgrid controls, are working to demonstrate that microgrids in remote areas can replace traditional infrastructure and boost renewables. Horizon Power, Western Australia’s regional energy utility, has begun operating a microgrid consisting of 1 MW solar and 2 MW battery … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Four Examples of Local Energy that Improves Lives

Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to … [Read more...]

Australian Town at Times Reaches 90% Renewables with Chevron-backed Microgrid

Sophie Gale from One Step of the Grid reports on a Chevron-backed microgrid in Western Australia that has significantly enhanced a town's ability to use renewables. Horizon Power’s poster child for the shift to a distributed renewable grid, the Western Australia (WA) Pilbara town of Onslow, says its solar and battery microgrid is already helping … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Replacing Overhead Network with Microgrids

RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson describes a plan by Horizon Power to pull down power lines and replace them with renewable stand-alone power systems (SAPS), aka microgrids. Horizon Power is to become the first utility in Australia to remove parts of its overhead network and replace it with an off-grid renewable energy power solution. The … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Microgrid Market to More than Double…Australia Advocacy Group Forms…Nigeria Extends RFP Deadline

Microgrid market to double in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico's microgrid market will more than double by the end of 2024, reaching 228 MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. The report say that firms will compete for $419 million in projects at the top of the market. The US territory now ranks 14 among state markets for microgrid … [Read more...]