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Race to the Bottom: How Renewable Microgrids will Compete with Diesel Power in the Coming Years

September 17, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Microgrids and Diesel

The fall in oil prices has created a number of knock-on effects for renewable energy and other emerging clean technologies. Some of these effects are clear cut; for example lower gas prices makes the economic case for electric vehicles more difficult. Other impacts are less clear-cut.[read more]

Solar Will Soon Be the Dominant Generation Source for Microgrids

September 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Microgrids

Trane and Alstom Grid were recently awarded $5 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to build a wastewater treatment microgrid that will incorporate solar energy at the Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant in Santa Rosa, California.[read more]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

September 14, 2015 by Darek Letkiewicz

Community Microgrids

City leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. Taking into account the priorities of city leaders here are four good reasons for cities and towns to pursue microgrids.[read more]

The Good and Bad of Low Commodity and Oil Prices for Renewable Microgrids

September 4, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Oil Prices, Microgrids, and Commodities

In general, renewable energy companies have been affected by recent turmoil as the market seems to believe that lower oil prices will either indirectly lead to lower power prices or at least signal that power prices may come under pressure from some of the same factors impacting oil.[read more]

Renewable Microgrid Value Creation: A Real Estate Development Example

August 14, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Microgrids, Renewables, and Real Estate

An interesting application of renewable microgrids is for enhancing value in real estate developments. There is increasing demand and interest in sustainable buildings, and real estate developers are exploring options on how to meet this demand and create additional value for their clients and themselves.[read more]

Six Questions to Consider About Microgrids

July 16, 2015 by Jeffrey Karp

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

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

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

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

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

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]