Oak Park Moves Ahead with $3M Community Microgrid; Hires Pecan Street

The village board of Oak Park, Ill. has selected Pecan Street via a competitive bid to provide technical support for a community microgrid that will include 200 houses and residential buildings.Called the Oak Park Smart City USA Project, the $3 million demonstration microgrid will incorporate solar, batteries and home energy management systems … [Read more...]

What to Make of this Curious Headline from India: Solar Microgrid Not ‘Real’ Electricity?

I was struck this week by a curious headline about a new solar microgrid in India, ‘Bihar village rejects solar-powered microgrid and demands 'real' electricity.’The India Today article tells the story of Dharnai, “a non-descript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.” The village recently gained electricity for the first time in … [Read more...]

What to Make of this Curious Headline from India: Solar Microgrid Not ‘Real’ Electricity?

I was struck this week by a curious headline about a new solar microgrid in India, ‘Bihar village rejects solar-powered microgrid and demands 'real' electricity.’The India Today article tells the story of Dharnai, “a non-descript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.” The village recently gained electricity for the first time in 33 … [Read more...]

Industry Insiders _Not_ Surprised that Utilities Like Microgrids

So it turns out that utilities like microgrids, contrary to the notion – almost lore – that they dread them as economic disruptors or technical headaches.In fact, utilities view microgrids as a business opportunity.That was the finding of a recent project that I had the pleasure of working on with the nice folks at Utility Dive, who surveyed … [Read more...]

Of Mice and Microgrids: A Profile of the US’ Largest Microgrid

The University of Texas at Austin houses what is often described as the most integrated and largest microgrid in the US,  a  model for saving energy and money.Built in 1929 as a steam plant, the facility has evolved to provide 100 percent of the power, heat and cooling for a 20-million square-foot campus with 150 buildings.The university is … [Read more...]

So What is a Microgrid, Exactly?

So what is a microgrid, exactly?The term has been used for years, yet those who attend microgrid conferences joke that much of the event is spent in debate over the definition. As is often the case with a popular technology, many would like to package their products as microgrids. Hence, we see the term’s meaning broadening in the … [Read more...]