Selecting the right partner is key to successful tribal microgrids

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, offers guidance for Native American communities that are developing tribal microgrids. A growing number of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, nations and communities are turning to microgrids for both resilience and energy independence. To help ensure the … [Read more...]

Australian government awards $18.7 million contract for Daintree Microgrid

The Australian government recently announced that it has awarded Volt Advisory Group AU$18.75 million over three years to develop the Daintree Microgrid Project, an innovative renewable energy microgrid in Queensland. The project will begin construction this year and is expected to be operational by 2024. The Daintree rainforest is in the … [Read more...]

Webinar Today! Lessons from Successful Remote Microgrids

Successfully launching and operating a remote microgrid requires planning and foresight, and for those that haven't done it before, the task can seem daunting. But there are a number of best practices that experienced microgrid installers and operators have learned over the years — sometimes the hard way. It's important to understand that the … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids: Flexible, Sustainable and a Key to Decarbonization

A new white paper from Generac explores how remote microgrids can make the overall energy system more flexible and resilient as well as a stepping stone toward decarbonization. The electric distribution and transmission system has  followed the same hub-and-spoke model for nearly 140 years. But as demand for energy grows around the world, … [Read more...]

The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities

How can microgrids help marginalized communities move forward? Schneider Electric's Don Wingate offers insight and explains steps community leaders can take now in a Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge. What makes microgrids uniquely suited to help empower marginalized communities? The core of the issue is the fact that economically … [Read more...]

Case Study: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands — Among the Most Energy Efficient Islands in the World

Overview In 1978, Sir Richard Branson purchased Necker Island, a beautiful getaway in the British Virgin Islands. What began with a dream of creating an environment where people could talk and relax soon became an unparalleled luxury retreat. Now, Branson has a new dream: to transform Necker Island into one of the most energy efficient islands … [Read more...]

Annobon Island Microgrid: Case Study

A microgrid case study: The Annobon Island Microgrid, a reliable and cost-effective island microgrid. Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. The residents only have reliable electricity for up to five hours per day and spend an average of 15-20 percent of their … [Read more...]

Off to Summer at my Remote Microgrid

Contributing writer Cara Miale Goman takes us on a trip to Star Island, a New England getaway made energy-smart with a remote microgrid.  Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire near Maine, has everything one might expect from a remote island getaway: beautiful views of the Atlantic, boating, kayaking, 43 … [Read more...]

How Cell Phones Are Driving Remote Microgrid Growth: UGE’s story  

A funny thing happened to Urban Green Energy (UGE) on the way to becoming a small wind turbine manufacturer. The New York company discovered that demand was limited for its product on a stand-alone basis. But combine small wind turbines with solar, storage and some intelligence – into a remote microgrid – and the market is vast. This … [Read more...]

Singapore Microgrid Seeks Technologies to Test; Eyes Commercialization

A Singapore microgrid will act as a testing ground for new technologies, under a program sponsored by the Singapore Energy Market Authority. The authority has issued a solicitation that seeks proposals to test reliability technologies at the Pulau Ubin Microgrid. The authority hopes to spur commercialization of successful systems. Proposals … [Read more...]