Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

As one of 16 U.S. communities designated White House Climate Action Champions, Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, had already made investments in alternative energy generation sources. The next step was to achieve even greater efficiency by optimizing how those resources are managed and dispatched. Blue … [Read more...]

Solar Grid Storage to Show the Value of ‘Solar + Storage’ to the Grid

Solar Grid Storage has won $968,120 from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Incubator program to show the value of ‘solar + storage' on the grid and accelerate its adoption. Solar Grid Storage will develop a Solar Storage Operations Center (SSOC) to address the unique needs of managing grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) + storage … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Seeks Bids to Integrate Solar into California Microgrid

The U.S. Navy is seeking a contractor to integrate solar panels into an existing microgrid at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Bids are due September 29. The microgrid is currently powered by wind turbines; the solar panels must be integrated with the wind system by the contractor. The Navy is using the microgrid to … [Read more...]

California Offers $19.5 Million for Distributed Generation Research

The California Energy Commission is offering $19.5 million in awards for distributed generation research projects that solve specific problems in the electricity sector. Issued August 12, the request for proposals (PON-14-303) will fund pre-commercial research and development of distributed biopower and photovoltaics. The commission plans to … [Read more...]

NRG Energy key sponsor at CSP Today USA 2014

Energy giant NRG Energy, a leader in both distributed energy and utility-scale clean energy, will be exclusive sponsor at CSP Today USA 2014, which will be held  June 5-6 in Las Vegas. NRG Energy who partly own and operate the 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will be giving a presentation at CSP Today USA 2014 about running the … [Read more...]

Economics of Renewables and Efficiency

Recently, my wife and I made a cross country trip from Norfolk Virginia to San Diego. Passing through Texas just west of Amarillo, there were large beautiful wind turbines as far as the eye could see. This majestic sight prompted a conversation regarding the benefits and challenges of renewables, both solar and wind as compared to energy … [Read more...]

Solar Panels and LEDs

LEDs have become the best thing in the world for solar energy. You see, solar panels only create energy during the daytime when there is sun - partial sun, full sun, whatever. What they do is they take a lot of sun and end up storing (depending on the number of panels) very little energy. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand that solar … [Read more...]

Front-load washers: Leaky solar panels revisited?

By Elisa Wood December 11, 2008 Some days I’d like to throw my front-load clothes washer out the back door. But that probably won’t be necessary because it may walk out on its own. The LG product shakes and rattles so much in the spin cycle that it ‘walks’ several inches across the floor each day. One guest to my kitchen thought we were … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Prospers: Toto, We’re Not on Wall Street Anymore

By Elisa Wood October 17, 2008 Wall Street is in the middle of an earthquake. Main Street is shaking from the tremors. Easy Street has been wiped off the map. Is there a safe haven from this economic meltdown? Green Street looks pretty appealing. Green Street is a term used increasingly to describe businesses that offer energy efficiency, solar, … [Read more...]

Why it is so Hard – and so Important – To Increase Distributed Resources

By Lisa Cohn August 14, 2008 If distributed resources are such a good idea, why don’t we build more of them? A report released this week by Tufts University sheds some light on the answer. Despite all of the talk about the efficiency they bring to the grid, resources like solar energy and combined heat and power still face significant regulatory … [Read more...]