Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime for Artificial Lift Equipment and Other Quick News

Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime and Production for Artificial Lift Equipment An updated microgrid technology from FlexGen aims to cure the problems that plague artificial lift equipment. (Think: electric submersible pumps, gas lift, and rod pumps). Electrical reliability and power quality problems are all too common and result in high energy … [Read more...]

ABB Shows Microgrid-Like Future with Solar Plane & Other Quick Microgrid News

Microgrid-like future takes flight Solar Impulse, an ABB-backed solar plane, took off from Hawaii this week to demonstrate what a microgrid-like future will look like. The plane is attempting a 40,000-kilometer flight around the world using solar power and battery energy storage. “We had to build an aircraft with an extremely efficient grid: … [Read more...]

Updated: New York Launches Next Stage of $40M NY Prize

New York has issued the second NY Prize request for proposals, this one offering $8 million from the $40 million pot designated to spur community microgrid development in the state. One of the most watched microgrid opportunities in North America, the NY Prize attracted 147 microgrid proposals in its first phase last year. From those proposals … [Read more...]

Exelon’s Next Big Stride: Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid

Exelon this week continued its vigorous push into the microgrid market, this time in Connecticut where it began construction of a fuel cell microgrid. The project is being developed by Exelon’s competitive subsidiary Constellation in partnership with fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy and the city of Hartford. The partners are constructing … [Read more...]

Is the Microgrid Industry Missing the Message about Local Energy?

Something funny happened on the way to this century’s big, new electric transmission build out. North America got religion about local energy. Consider this headline in yesterday’s New York Times, “Fight to Keep Alternative Energy Local Stymies an Industry.” The article talks about the 3,100 miles of transmission line projects awaiting … [Read more...]

Four Ontario Communities Win $5M for Solar-powered Microgrids

Ontario’s Small Communities Fund (SCF) has awarded about $5 million to four communities to develop solar-powered microgrids. The winners are among 13 infrastructure projects that will receive $10 million from the Ontario and Canadian governments in the SCF’s most recent round of funding. Communities will provide any necessary matching … [Read more...]

What Would You Pay for Energy Resiliency?

If you don’t know the answer, join the club. Energy resiliency – maintaining a secure energy supply even when calamity strikes – is a key reason why many want microgrids in North America. But assigning a dollar value to energy resiliency remains one of the most perplexing issues facing the microgrid industry today. Power outages cost the U.S. … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids in Nepal…School Microgrid in Sonoma County..Microgrid Investment in the Azores

Solar microgrids are bringing reliable power to three remote villages in Nepal, a country where nearly a quarter of the population has no access to electricity. With a combined capacity of 35 kW and battery storage, the solar microgrids installed in the Okhaldhunga and Khotang districts will provide round-the-clock power to some 540 people, … [Read more...]

National Grid to Test New Utility Microgrid Services

How will utilities make money as more customers generate their own electricity?  That’s one of the big looming industry questions, and one that National Grid is trying to solve by testing new utility microgrid services. The utility plans to try out the services in Potsdam, New York, where it is installing a microgrid with Clarkson University, … [Read more...]

Willdan Group Positions for Microgrid Growth with Acquisition of Genesys

California-based Willdan Group says that its recent decision to acquire New York-based Genesys Engineering is directly related to the microgrid growth it sees ahead. “We continue to see more activity and funding for microgrid implementation across the country,” said Thomas Brisbin, Willdan president, CEO and director, during an earnings call on … [Read more...]