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...]

Nanogrid Building in San Francisco Grapples with Utility Incentives

Developers of one-of-a-kind nanogrid building in San Francisco are grappling with challenges stemming from the incentives they're receiving from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).The project, Sol-Lux Alpha, is a four-unit condo building  with a 42-kW photovoltaic array and 105 kWh … [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...]

Remote-Controlled Energy Kiosks & Microgrids in the Congo of Africa

NovoMoto, an award-winning startup, has plans to provide remote-controlled energy kiosks and microgrids in the Congo of Africa, supplying electricity that's 40 to 60 percent lower than the cost of kerosene.The student-led startup from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently won three awards and $90,000 during the Clean Energy Trust … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Fire Safety in Energy Storage Batteries Under Review

With energy storage batteries being adopted very quickly, there are some concerns about their fire safety, especially the potential for fires in batteries used for residential storage applications.The National Fire Protection Association is studying how to best train firefighters to respond to fires in homes and businesses that contain energy … [Read more...]

And Now Two Residential Microgrids in Ontario…

It’s been a good week for microgrids in Ontario. A second utility has announced plans to move forward with a project, this one a residential microgrid to be installed by Veridian Connections.Wednesday's announcement by Veridian followed release earlier in the week of a solicitation by Sault Ste. Marie for the next phase in development of its … [Read more...]

A Utility Willing to Cannibalize Revenues for Residential Microgrids

Oshawa Power & Utilities, located in Ontario, is willing to cannibalize its own revenues to stay relevant -- and offer customers residential microgrids.The small utility (55,000 electric customers) has already installed its first solar-plus-storage system from Tabuchi Electric for a customer, and is working on a pilot of 30 homes. Oshawa … [Read more...]