A Critical Assessment of the ‘Big Three’ Types of Microgrids

In the last few decades, many commercial/industrial (C/I) energy users, universities, military bases, and public facilities around the world have implemented all types of microgrids to reduce electric power costs, incorporate clean power (decarbonize), and enhance power reliability and quality. Today, another benefit of microgrids has emerged that … [Read more...]

Nine Lessons Learned from Successful Community Microgrids

While most existing microgrids serve a single entity (e.g., a university, military base, or commercial/industrial customer), a community microgrid can serve more than 1,000 energy users. While the potential benefits of community microgrids are numerous for all involved parties,to date, very few community microgrids are operating or planned … [Read more...]

Six Barriers to Community Microgrids and Potential Ways Developers can Surmount Them

The potential market for community microgrids is significant. And many  collaborative projects are possible in the U.S. for a first community microgrid in each city or county. Once a city or county completes its first community microgrid and realizes its various benefits, the potential for additional community microgrids increases. To develop … [Read more...]

What on Earth is an ‘Oasis’ Community Microgrid?

In the last few decades, over 2,200 commercial/industrial (C/I) energy users, universities, military bases, and public facilities around the world have implemented microgrids to reduce electric power costs, incorporate clean power (decarbonize), and enhance power reliability. Today, another benefit of the community microgrid has emerged that … [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...]

Enhancing data center reliability and sustainability with a microgrid solution

Aligned is a data center infrastructure technology company offering data center solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. For its new facility in Plano, Texas, Aligned required state-of-the-art electrical systems that were reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective, responding to the demands of the data center industry … [Read more...]

Nanogrids: A New Opportunity for the Solar Industry

Solar energy has the ability to provide immense benefit to society and the grid, reducing the use of fossil fuels that drive climate change. But solar’s full potential isn’t being fully realized and, in some cases, is even thwarted.  What’s the problem?  Solar alone isn’t always controllable or predictable. It lacks the newest technologies … [Read more...]

The Genius of Microgrids in Higher Education

The U.S. higher education system ranks as the strongest in the world, besting all other countries because of its breadth of exceptional institutions and its reach to such a large percentage of the nation’s youth. Still, it faces some significant headwinds, not the least of which is the increased demand for new infrastructure in the face of leveling … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Hospitals and Healthcare

Given their lifesaving and life sustaining work, hospitals cannot tolerate power outages. They require reliable energy. They also use more energy than commercial and industrial facilities of comparable size. These two factors complicate efforts at hospitals to minimize energy costs and achieve sustainability goals. Microgrids for hospitals have … [Read more...]