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Solar Microgrid on Vineyard Can Island, Reduces Carbon Emissions

When Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards first installed its solar microgrid and other renewable technologies, the aim was to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent. Within a year, the vineyard reached that goal, and is now aiming to attain below-zero carbon emissions using renewable energy and storage, the company says. Located on a 16-acre … [Read more...]

Addressing the Soft Costs of Going Solar and Other Quick Microgrid News

SolSmart designation recognizes solar cities, addresses soft costs of going solar The new SolSmart designation program, from the ICMA and The Solar Foundation, will recognize leading solar cities and local governments that "cut the red tape," taking action to foster solar market growth. “The role of local governments in building stronger and … [Read more...]

DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero & More

DC-linked microgrid in Ontario Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario. The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current … [Read more...]

Colorado Regulators Give Xcel Okay on Panasonic Demonstration Microgrid

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved plans by Xcel Energy and Panasonic to install a $10.3 million demonstration microgrid at the Denver International Airport. Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel subsidiary, applied for approval of the solar microgrid in October (Proceeding No. 15A-0847E ). The demonstration … [Read more...]

Boston Identifies Dozens of Potential Microgrid Sites in Major Community Energy Study

Boston has identified dozens of potential microgrid sites that together with other community energy projects could save as much as $1.7 billion, according to a new report issued by the city. The Boston Community Energy Study maps specific locations for three kinds of microgrids: multipurpose microgrids, energy justice microgrids and emergency … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Defining the New Energy Landscape

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Pablo Astorga, ABB’s global sales manager Microgrids, explains how microgrids are defining the new energy landscape. Over the last decade, much focus has been put on how to green up the grid. This is of course logical given the dramatic cost reduction undergone by renewable energy technologies. … [Read more...]

Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth … [Read more...]

BGE Plans Public Purpose Microgrids Across Central Maryland

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) has launched a plan to build public purpose microgrids across central Maryland, starting in Howard County and Baltimore. The Exelon subsidiary proposed the microgrids late last week in a filing before the Maryland Public Service Commission. The first two microgrids will supply 2-3 MW and are expected to cost … [Read more...]

Future of Six Utility Microgrids Awaits Legislative Action in Illinois

Illinois stands to gain six utility microgrids – including a 17-MW airport microgrid – if state lawmakers approve an energy bill backed by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). The Exelon subsidiary promoted its microgrid plans last week during an event at the Universal Solar’s (Wanxiang Energy) panel manufacturing plant in Rockford, Ill. The utility … [Read more...]

GE’s Smart Microgrids: Efficient and Reliable

Smart microgrids are reliable and efficient, and GE has the ability to leverage its experience and expertise to make them even more efficient,  says Jim Walsh, general manager of GE's new Automation & Controls solutions in this podcast interview. (See player above.) The company recently acquired Alstom's power and grid business, a move that … [Read more...]