ABB Microgrids Elevated to Corporate ‘Next Level’

Microgrids are not a new business for ABB. In fact, while much of the world is just becoming aware of the technology, ABB has spent the last 15 years installing about 11 MW of off-grid microgrids in remote areas of the world.Four years ago the Switzerland-based technology company began to significantly accelerate its microgrid operation. That … [Read more...]

Amtrak Arrives in Microgrid Era Ahead of Schedule

Amtrak is running ahead of schedule. The Washington, D.C.-based national train giant is one of the first transit systems to plan a community microgrid so that it can keep its operations running during power outages.In the aftermath of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, half of Sunnyside Yard had to rely on portable backup generators for a month due to … [Read more...]

CleanSpark’s Latest Project: A Hint of the Grid of Microgrids to Come?

A small microgrid being developed at a California golf club by CleanSpark offers a hint of the grid of microgrids or ‘fractal grid’ energy futurists foresee.A developer of microgrid control technology, CleanSpark last week announced completion of the $2.7 million phase one of the microgrid at the Rams Hill Golf Club.The microgrid itself … [Read more...]

EnSync Sells Innovative Solar-Plus-Storage PPAs in Hawaii

EnSync Energy Systems has sold a portfolio of power purchase agreements to AEP Onsite Partners--including three innovative solar-plus-storage PPAs."These are the first solar-plus-storage PPAs in Hawaii. We believe this is a first nationally and I am confident it is the first PPA of its kind utilizing hybrid storage," said Dan Nordloh, executive … [Read more...]

A Microgrid to Keep New York City’s Fresh Food Supply Safe

When the power fails, refrigerators go out too, jeopardizing our fresh food supply. That’s part of the reason a $137 million microgrid has been proposed in the Hunts Point area of New York City.The South Bronx neighborhood is home to a wholesale food cooperative located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center (FDC), which includes the … [Read more...]

Tesla for Easy Microgrid Buying, Black & Veatch for Sustainability & Axiom Exergy for Cool

Tesla: Would you like your microgrid in a bag or box? Tesla's vision of one-stop-shopping for microgrid-like products came closer to reality this week following approval of its merger with SolarCity by the independent members of each company's boards of directors.Elon Musk, the CEO and major shareholder of both companies, is positioning … [Read more...]

Living Lab for Advanced Microgrids in Sonoma…Elon Musk: “Not Some Silly, Hippy Thing”…National EV Charging Coming

California farm creates living lab for advanced microgrids Positioning itself as a living laboratory for advanced microgrids, California’s Stone Edge Farm says it's ready to explore all six of the markets that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) plans to open to distributed energy.That’s the word from Craig Wooster, manager of … [Read more...]

Quick News: Texas Microgrid Scores 45-Store Deal…Advanced Microgrid Solutions Wins $200M in Investment Capital

Grocery Store Chain Installs Microgrids to Help Customers During Outages Texas Microgrid has scored a deal to install its natural gas microgrids in 45 stores run by Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers with more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico.Announced July 12, the microgrids will help keep electricity flowing … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Eliminates Hefty Demand Charges… and Other Quick Microgrid News

Federal tax incentives for solar plus energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30 percent of the total cost. For Mission Viejo business Franchise Services, an investment in solar plus storage will drastically reduce utility bills -- and eliminate hefty demand charges.The company, which occupies a 44,000 square foot office … [Read more...]

From Naval Ships to Space Ships to Reliability Microgrids: The ERock Story

Sea, sky – and some sophisticated energy trading expertise – lies behind the reliability microgrids conceived by Enchanted Rock (ERock).The Texas-based company made a splash last week with news that it has secured financing to install 50 MW of reliability microgrids for grocery stores and other commercial and industrial customers in … [Read more...]