WattEV Plans 25-MW Electric Truck Stop Microgrid

Startup company WattEV plans to build a first-of-its-kind, 25-MW microgrid in Bakersfield, California, that would host chargers for electric trucks. "Having it as a microgrid with its own solar generation and battery storage is key to being able to have a stable supply of affordable high-power electricity for the chargers," said Salim … [Read more...]

Tesla Cited for Air Pollution Violations. Its Penalty? Build a Community Microgrid

Tesla has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty and build a community microgrid in a settlement reached last week with a California air quality board. The settlement covers 33 air quality notices issued by the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District for activity at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility, where it builds electric … [Read more...]

Camarillo, California Moves Ahead with Microgrids and Deeply Discounted Tesla Batteries

Camarillo, California, has approved a contract with the Clean Coalition to oversee the design of solar-based microgrids at five critical city facilities that will incorporate Tesla batteries. The city council March 10 also directed city staff to enter into a contract with Tesla for a 1-MW/ 4-MWh battery to be installed at the city’s … [Read more...]

California Awards $3.5 Million for Microgrid at Frito-Lay Food Processing Plant

The California Energy Commission has awarded Frito-Lay a $3.5 million grant to build a solar-powered microgrid at a food processing facility in a project the agency is touting as a model for the industry. The microgrid will be installed at a snack food processing facility in Rancho-Cucamonga, California, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions … [Read more...]

On Cue, Blackouts Roll Across California after Google and Others Press for More Microgrids

As if to underscore the point, power blackouts rolled across California late last week right after dozens of  stakeholders urged state regulators to push harder to get more microgrids built. Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power Friday and Saturday night when electric demand exceeded supply because of extreme heat. Utilities imposed … [Read more...]

Georgia Tech Installs 1.5 MW Data Center Microgrid

A team that includes utility Georgia Power has installed a 1.5 MW data center microgrid to serve the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. Located at ATL1, a DataBank data center, the microgrid uses natural gas and diesel generation, fuel cells, and battery energy storage. During power outages, the microgrid will act … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Order Clean Energy Solicitation to Reduce Wildfire Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission should require Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to issue a clean energy solicitation this summer to reduce the effects of wildfire-related power shutoffs, according to Tesla and other stakeholders who are participating in a state microgrid proceeding. The call for the solicitation is in … [Read more...]

What Articles on Microgrid Knowledge are Capturing the Most Attention?

The most read Microgrid Knowledge articles for the first half of 2019 tell the story of an industry attracting larger players and building more sophisticated projects, particularly for communities and commercial and industrial facilities. Renewables and energy storage continue to dominate the discussion. Fuel cells appear to be gaining … [Read more...]

Reverse Auctions May Become the Key to Energy Storage Rollout, EDF says

When Xcel Energy conducted a reverse auction in 2018 to help build out its energy storage systems, it received hundreds of bids. It’s all about integrating energy storage into its wind and solar energy networks to increase reliability.  In a traditional auction, the seller does business with the highest bidder. But in a reverse auction, the … [Read more...]

Solarcentury, Canadian Solar, Caterpillar and Tesla Energize 40,000 Off-Grid African Households and Businesses

Developers and technology companies worldwide continue to focus on electrifying energy-poor areas of Africa. Recent example: 40,000 residents and businesses in the northeast African country of Eritrea now have reliable electricity thanks to two new minigrids. Developed by UK-based Solarcentury, the minigrids (Africa's term for microgrids) … [Read more...]