Why is Microgrid Financing Difficult?

No 'killer app' exists for microgrid financing. And until one is found, microgrid growth is unlikely to reach full steam, as we explain in "How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller. Below is an excerpt. The microgrid industry is expected to see rapid growth in the coming decade. … [Read more...]

First Microgrid in Haiti: The Road to Feminist Electrification

The EarthSpark team spent five years developing their first microgrid in Haiti. Inaugurated in June 2015, it is currently serving 449 homes and businesses with affordable, reliable electricity 24/7. The grid contains 93 kW of PV panels, a 30 kVa generator back up and 410 kWh of battery storage. Learn more about the technical details of the first … [Read more...]

Portable Hybrid Microgrid Up and Running in One Week for Australia Village: ABB

A new portable hybrid microgrid system was up in running in an Australian village within one week of leaving the factory more than 600 miles away. Six months later it was packed up and relocated for use elsewhere. The disassembly required less than 170 hours of labor. Called SunSHIFT, the hybrid system can use solar, diesel and natural gas … [Read more...]

NY-BEST Calls for 2 GW of Multi-Hour Energy Storage by 2025

Energy storage advocates in New York are calling for the state to set a California-style portfolio standard that would add 2 GW of multi-hour energy storage by 2025. The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) recommended the target in a filing last week before the state Public Service Commission (PSC). The energy … [Read more...]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Microgrid! Solar Impulse 2 Completes US Flight

In a kind of ‘one-giant-leap-for-mankind’ moment, the Solar Impulse 2 landed in New York City Saturday, completing its flight across the U.S. The flying microgrid is on a quest to circle the globe. If it succeeds, Solar Impulse will be the first plane fueled only by the sun to make it 24,855-miles around the world. Landing at JFK Airport at … [Read more...]

Time is Running Out. Take the Microgrid Knowledge Survey Today

Curious about what’s ahead for microgrids? Us too. So we’ve put together a microgrid survey to get a sense of the industry's future. Please give us 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we'll be sure you are among the first to receive the tallied results. The Microgrid Knowledge 2016 survey. The Microgrid Knowledge … [Read more...]

Hitachi Microgrids Part of Expanding North American Energy Play

Japan-based Hitachi today announced expansion of its new energy solutions business in North America, which includes the Hitachi microgrid operation. In addition to microgrids, the technology giant is offering battery energy storage, grid stabilization and other advanced energy initiatives in North America. Hitachi's new energy solutions … [Read more...]

Microgrid Moves: Kotch Exits NY Prize; IDEA Enters Microgrids

Micah Kotch received more than one ovation for a job well done at the Microgrid Knowledge conference last week, after announcing that he will be stepping down as director of NY Prize. Kotch has been the pivotal figure in the emerging microgrid market, shepherding the ambitious $40 million NY Prize through its first stage. The competition has … [Read more...]

NY Energy Czar at Microgrid Knowledge Conference: “There are Going to be a Lot More Microgrids.”

Microgrids will play a key role as New York strives to make renewable energy 50 percent of its electric supply by 2030, said New York State’s Energy Czar Richard Kauffman at the Microgrid Knowledge conference yesterday in Manhattan. “The good news is that there are going to be a lot more microgrids. The challenge is that we need your help in … [Read more...]

Storm-Struck PECO Proposes Two Integrated Community Microgrids

Plagued by power outages due to storms, PECO on May 18 filed a plan with Pennsylvania regulators to build two integrated community microgrids for a high density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. "Severe weather is a leading cause of power outages in PECO’s service territory. For example, as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, approximately … [Read more...]