Microgrid becomes steppingstone for Puerto Rico town aiming for 100% renewables

The tiny town of Maricao, Puerto Rico, is in the midst of a campaign to become 100% renewable, and it recently took a step in that direction by winning a competition for a microgrid offered through the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). One of the smallest towns in Puerto Rico (p. 5,430) and accustomed to daily power outages, the … [Read more...]

Can This One Thing Speed Microgrid Project Development?

Microgrid developers often cite interconnection to the grid as one of the biggest challenges to getting more projects online. For example, in spring 2020, microgrid developers told the California Public Utilities Commission that they can build microgrids quickly — especially to help address shutoffs because of wildfires — but delays in … [Read more...]

The Wart on California’s Community Solar Program for Utility Customers

We often think of California as a leader in clean energy. But the state's new community solar program for utility customers--the result of SB 43--is not a move that other states should follow. The legislation established both a green power program and a community solar program for utility customers under which customers can acquire as much as … [Read more...]