The Microgrids Worked as Puerto Rico’s Grid Went Down Again

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Reports from sources on the ground show that new microgrids and nanogrids in Puerto Rico proved their worth last week, providing resilient power in the wake of an island-wide grid outage April 18. Still struggling to bring parts of the island back from September's Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was plunged into darkness when a contractor's truck … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

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At the tail end of installing 15 solar plus storage microgrids across Puerto Rico -- all of the work charitable -- Sonnen and Pura Energia are providing humanitarian relief and a hint of the energy model the island could become. The latest installation, for a school in the mountain town of Orocovis, comes as over 14 percent of Puerto Ricans … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Sonnen Creates Foundation to Further Puerto Rico’s Microgrid Effort

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German company sonnen has established the Foundation for Energy Security to bring more microgrids to Puerto Rico, as the island rebuilds from Hurricane Maria's crushing blow. Sonnen is installing community microgrids with island partner Pura Energia. Four microgrids already are operating using sonnen's solar plus storage technology known as … [Read more...]

Sonnen to Announce Microgrid for Housing Development in Australia

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Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy describes plans for Sonnen's first residential development microgrid in Australia, similar to its project underway in Prescott, Arizona. German battery storage manufacturer Sonnen is about to announce the first its Australian “SonnenCity” project, a new housing estate built with solar and storage that acts as a … [Read more...]

Sonnen Welcomes America to the Future with a Hometown Virtual Power Plant

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Before Sonnen became involved in a new and innovative Arizona project — a clean energy hive of 2,900 homes designed to act as a virtual power plant — the German company was frustrated with the US. In fact, Blake Richetta, Sonnen senior vice president, says that his CEO used a mild expletive to describe what it’s like trying to convince … [Read more...]

AES Energy Storage Proves Itself During Island Hurricanes

News continues to emerge about microgrids and energy storage being employed during and after the recent North American hurricanes, most recently in the Dominican Republic. When the storm season was threatening, the Dominican grid operator asked power services company AES Dominicana to keep two 10-MW of energy storage units operating to ensure … [Read more...]

German Company Sonnen to Deliver Emergency Microgrids to Puerto Rico

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Energy storage manufacturer Sonnen said today that it is launching an effort to bring microgrids to Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria destroyed almost the entire electric grid. The German company is stepping in as the island’s utility, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), reports that it may take months to restore power to all of … [Read more...]

Australian Battery Storage Market Heats up as Tesla and Sonnen Vie for Position

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes the latest moves by Tesla rival, Sonnen, as the Australian battery storage market heats up. NSW-based Natural Solar said on Monday it was taking the role of premier Sonnen installer in the Australian market, rolling out the first series of sonnenFlat installations around the country, much as it … [Read more...]