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Six Questions to Consider About Microgrids

July 16, 2015 by Jeffrey Karp
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Questions on Microgrids

The traditional electricity distribution model can be viewed as a “macrogrid,” using a centrally located power station to provide electricity to an extensive territory. This model was designed during the early days of electrification with the objective of providing power to as many customers as possible.[read more]

New York Looks to Cement Its Lead as Microgrid Capital of the World

July 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York and Microgrids

The NY Prize community microgrid competition issued a request for proposals in February to grant $100,000 to as many as 30 communities to study the feasibility of microgrids. This week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced 83 winners for the first stage of the competition.[read more]

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

May 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Microgrids, Coast to Coast

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm.[read more]

Tesla's Powerwall Announcement: The Benefits and Limitations for Renewable Microgrids

May 8, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Tesla's Powerwall and Microgrid Implications

Although it was widely expected for several months, Tesla’s launch of the Powerwall, a lithium ion battery-based home energy storage system, has generated a huge amount of publicity and discussion in the media and in the power industry.[read more]

How Solar Is Playing a Role in Nepal's Disaster Relief

May 8, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Renewables and Disaster Recovery

Avishek Malla is no stranger to bringing solar-powered light to communities in need. As the director of engineering for SunFarmer, a nonprofit that provides solar power and batteries to remote hospitals and schools in developing countries, illuminating spaces to meet basic human needs is in his job description.[read more]

Five Reasons Renewable Microgrids Make Sense for the Mining Industry

May 6, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Mining and Microgrids

Renewable energy continues to make inroads in the mining industry. There are now a large number of mining sites using renewable power to provide energy for their operations and many more evaluating potential renewable energy alternatives. This trend has gained momentum in recent years.[read more]

Renewable Microgrid Charging Networks will Provide Clean Power for Electric Vehicles

April 29, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Microgrids and Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are gaining traction in markets. Most car manufacturers now offer electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure is rapidly being constructed and installed. Electric vehicles and the broader trend of electrification of transport only makes sense in areas where the power sector has been de-carbonized.[read more]

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

April 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids.[read more]

Death of the PPA: Is it Time for a New Business Model for Renewable Microgrids?

April 1, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Microgrid Business Models

Supporting the growth of renewable energy through implicit or explicit subsidies has made sense in order to allow the sector to achieve critical mass and for technologies to mature. However, the cost of this support has been paid by power consumers and taxpayers.[read more]

The Rise of the Micro Generator

March 29, 2015 by Melinda Fairfax
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Micro Generation Growth

Micro Generation is defined as the generation of electricity or heat energy on a small scale, typically for use on a domestic scale and generated by methods that do not contribute to the depletion or damage of natural resources, such as through the use of solar panels.[read more]

Continuing Momentum in Renewable Microgrids: Solarcity Launches Microgrid Offering

March 21, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Solarcity is building on its distributed renewable energy experience by launching its GridLogic microgrid offering. It will be a turnkey offering integrating distributed residential and commercial solar, battery and controllable loads as well as shared solar, battery and back-up power and system control.[read more]

Solar City Launches Microgrid Product with Energy Storage

March 17, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Solar City, Microgrids, and Storage

US solar giant SolarCity recently announced the launch of a microgrid product with built in energy storage capability. SolarCity is going after the commercial market, targeting municipalities, which is a segment the company views as underserved.[read more]

Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

December 18, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Microgrids and Electricity Access

In July, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s residents, businesses, and schools. A few months later, the government utility extended the national grid and made the solar microgrid obsolete.[read more]

University Microgrid Manages Multiple Generation Assets

October 21, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Combined heat and power tech are sometimes overlooked as assets that can be deployed in Smart Grids and microgrids in North America. Also known as cogeneration, it is defined as the production of electricity and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source, typically located at the point of consumption.[read more]

Microgrids Can Serve Multiple Purposes With The Right Policy Frameworks

October 14, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Microgrids provoke a multitude of views. For the Department of Energy, developing advanced microgrids can help build new electricity resources for customers, the community, and the macrogrid. For the Department of Defense, microgrids deliver energy security for military bases and mobile operations.[read more]