The Value of Microgrids: Challenges and Opportunities

Today’s energy landscape is riddled with challenges. This is unfortunately fitting with the many difficulties 2020 has delivered. The rising frequency and severity of extreme weather events in recent years has underscored the need for greater energy resiliency – for our power grid, for our businesses, and for our communities. In 2020 alone, … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Combining Solar and Storage in Microgrid Applications

Renewable energy has evolved and expanded significantly over the last two decades into a force in both the environment and the economy, but such gains have not been without its fair share of growing pains. Despite exponential growth, the solar energy and solar and storage market is now faced with a new set of challenges. Energy storage can be a … [Read more...]

Bundling Competitive Supply and Distributed Energy Resources

Texas businesses often pursue one of two distinct energy strategies. One approach focuses on competitive supply, which can offer low and predictable rates. The other encompasses distributed energy resources (DERs), such as backup generators, energy storage, or microgrids, which are technologies that enhance energy reliability and … [Read more...]

Optimizing Microgrid Systems: Integrating Renewable Energy Sources and Battery Storage

A microgrid utilizes multiple power generation assets to create energy. These assets can be conventional distributed energy resources such as generator sets, or renewable resources such as wind turbines and solar panels. These resources, paired with energy storage are not just technically feasible, but also cost-effective for many … [Read more...]

Addressing the Needs of Your Behind-the-Meter Applications

 The definition of a “microgrid” is somewhat elusive. Generally, any collection of generators and loads that are not tied to the grid, and are expected to operate autonomously can be considered a microgrid. The microgrid can sometimes tie into the grid, and sometimes be “islanded” or separated from the grid, or may be entirely “off the grid” … [Read more...]

A Unique Approach to Coupling Solar + Storage

This white paper from Alencon discusses the practical considerations of deploying a PV-centric, DC-coupled solar plus storage system.  This paper has been written for a wide audience to help it understand what is involved in combining solar and storage, from the what doing so actually means to different methods for doing so. It will focus on the … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned from Installing Battery Energy Into an Existing PV Array

This white paper from Alencon explores why retrofitting battery energy into existing PV arrays makes sense and what some of the challenges to overcome in doing so are, as explained by a major utility with real experience in this area. Solar plus storage. If you are in the energy business, not just the alternative energy business, it is a … [Read more...]

Maximizing the Value of On-Site Power Generation with EPA Tier 4 Final Stationary Engines

Whether for standby power, base-load power generation or built-in redundancy for critical assets, many organizations install stationary engines at their facilities so they may generate their own power. Because these stationary engines are relatively commonplace, they collectively have an impact on air quality and public health, so the Environmental … [Read more...]

Biogas Microgrid

Power from pig manure has proven to be an innovative solution to several farm challenges for a unique hog farm in rural Lillington, N.C. This report explores how Butler Farms installed lagoon covers for animal waste to not only reduce odors and eliminate rainwater ingress, but also to capture biogas to utilize as a renewable energy … [Read more...]

A Comparison of Fuel Choice for Backup Generators

The costs of a power outage to a business can be substantial, including losses in product, revenue, productivity, and customers. With increasing severe weather events and disasters triggering greater numbers of costly power outages, there is a growing interest in generators for reliable backup power. This report discusses the costs and benefits … [Read more...]