PG&E Power Outages Could Jump under Judge’s Proposal. But is PSPS Even Needed?

A federal judge is considering requiring California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to change its criteria for instituting public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) in a way that is expected to sharply increase the number of planned power outages across the utility’s service territory. California’s investor-owned utilities cut off … [Read more...]

Minigrids Act as the Seed of Change in Cameroon

In the Central African country of Cameroon, electricity is scarce outside of major cities. But that may soon change because of a public-private partnership that has a set goal of installing 750 minigrids. The effort is about more than lighting up the 11,000 villages that lack power; the partners hope to foster long-term social, environmental … [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...]

Microgrid Companies in the News: Schneider Named Most Sustainable Corporation

A roundup on the latest news about microgrid companies... Schneider Electric Ranked Most Sustainable Corporation Schneider Electric, the digital transformation, energy management and automation company, has been named the world's most sustainable corporation in an annual list compiled by Corporate Knights, a media and research company focused … [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...]

Microgrid Installed for Low-income Apartments, First for Washington DC

In a first for Washington DC, a microgrid that combines solar and energy storage has been installed in an affordable housing complex. The Maycroft Apartment's $327,000 resiliency center includes a 70.2-kW rooftop solar array combined with a 46-kW/56 kWh battery system that can disconnect from the grid and provide power for up to three days … [Read more...]

Microgrid Dreaming: California Gov. Brown Makes it Real at his Ranch

Who knew he was envisioning his own home when three years ago in his inaugural address California Gov. Jerry Brown described a future with microgrids. In a walk-the-talk move, Brown now has a solar plus storage microgrid serving his new home, a ranch north of Sacramento. Brown needed the microgrid for the same reason 1.4 billion others in … [Read more...]