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...]

Deal Showcases How to Run Microgrids on Clean Baseload Energy

In a $36 million deal that showcases how to run microgrids on clean baseload energy, Stratean, a developer of a clean gasification system, has acquired CleanSpark, a provider of engineering, software and controls for distributed energy systems.The two companies say the deal will solve a critical challenge facing microgrid developers today: the … [Read more...]

Miramar, One of Largest Military Microgrid Projects, Readies to Show How It’s Done

Miramar, one of the most-watched U.S. miltary microgrid projects, is getting ready to demonstrate that today's microgrids are about a whole lot more than just back-up power.That was the word from Mick Wasco, installation energy manager at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, in an interview this week, following announcement … [Read more...]

SunPower to Install Microgrid-Ready Solar at Alabama Army Post

Solar manufacturing giant SunPower plans to begin building a 10-MW microgrid-ready solar power plant at a U.S. Army post in Alabama this month.The Silicon Valley-based company will supply the solar energy to the Redstone Arsenal U.S. Army post under a 27-year power purchase agreement (PPA).The deal marks another in a growing number of … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid to ‘Green’ North America’s Largest Port

The Port of Los Angeles, North America's largest port, plans to install a $26. 6 million solar microgrid this year, as it moves toward becoming the first marine terminal to operate solely on renewable energy.The port is building the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project in partnership with Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals. It will … [Read more...]

What’s behind Caterpillar’s New Hybrid Microgrid Play? Here’s a Deeper Look

Caterpillar became the latest big infrastructure company to unveil a microgrid play with the recent launch of its hybrid microgrid into the global market.The Cat hybrid technology combines solar, energy storage and fossil fuels and will focus on projects 10 kW to 100 MW.A $47 billion company, Cat intends to leverage its global distribution … [Read more...]

Ameresco Tests GE Microgrid Controller at Shipyard; Positions in Government Market

Ameresco says it has successfully tested a GE microgrid controller at a naval shipyard in Maine, another move by the independent energy efficiency company into the government microgrid market.With a $3.65 million grant from the Department of Defense, Ameresco has installed a microgrid at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.In a … [Read more...]

Green & Distributed Energy Solicitations in Ontario, Hawaii, California

Hawaii, Ontario and California have green and distributed energy solicitations in various stages of planning or action, some directly tied to microgrid and smart grid efforts. Hawaii Hawaiian Electric Companies recently laid out a near-term path toward its 30-year goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy.Called the Power Supply … [Read more...]

Waste-to-Energy Microgrid Test at Hawaii Air Force Base…and Other Quick Microgrid News

The Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) will be the site of a $6.8 million waste-to-energy microgrid test.The demo tests the viability of using renewable energy and microgrids to assure that the Air Force can continue mission critical operations regardless of the state of the public utility grid or … [Read more...]

The Grid Optimization Software that’s Music to Our Ears and Other Quick Microgrid News

This week's Quick Microgrid News...Paterson, New Jersey, Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres wants to build a microgrid at the Great Falls. As reported by the Paterson Times, Mayor Torres pitched the idea to Governor Chris Christie's cabinet members at the Mayors’ Legislative Day in Trenton earlier this month. Microgrids offer a way to mitigate grid … [Read more...]