The Future of the Power Grid: Research Project

Ulrich Munz, of Siemens Corporate Technology, describes a federally funded research project to make the US power grid more resilient and reduce the length of outages. Among other things, researchers will explore splitting the grid into several microgrids. Severe storms can cause massive power outages. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

How Will the Solar Tariff Affect Microgrids?

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores how the new solar tariff will impact the microgrid industry.  On Feb. 7, the U.S. government announced that imported crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules made outside the United States will face a 30 percent tariff. The first … [Read more...]

Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

As one of 16 U.S. communities designated White House Climate Action Champions, Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, had already made investments in alternative energy generation sources. The next step was to achieve even greater efficiency by optimizing how those resources are managed and dispatched. Blue … [Read more...]

Solar Grid Storage to Show the Value of ‘Solar + Storage’ to the Grid

Solar Grid Storage has won $968,120 from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Incubator program to show the value of ‘solar + storage' on the grid and accelerate its adoption. Solar Grid Storage will develop a Solar Storage Operations Center (SSOC) to address the unique needs of managing grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) + storage … [Read more...]