Microgrid at California College to Serve as Model

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in Livermore, California has been awarded a $1.5-million grant from the California Energy Commission for a microgrid automation project. The microgrid will feature vanadium redox batteries by Imergy Power Systems and operating and management systems by Growing Energy Labs Inc. Las Positas College already utilizes a 2.35-MW solar array that provides 55% of the campus’s electricity. Once completed, the microgrid project is expected to save the college district $75,000 per […]

Apple to Build European Data Centers Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

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Apple has announced plans to spend $2.5 billion on two new data centers in Ireland and Denmark. The facilities, which will provide electricity for online services such as the iTunes store, App store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for European customers, will be powered by 100% renewable energy sources. “[T]he new facilities will run entirely on clean, renewable energy sources from day one. Apple will also work with local partners to develop additional renewable energy […]

SolarCity Proposes Solution to Revenue Shift

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Many electrical utility companies see distributed solar generation as a threat and have reacted against it in a variety of ways. In his blog post, “A Possible Solution to the Revenue Shift,” SolarCity’s Peter Rive addresses the complaint from utility companies that distributed solar shifts costs from rooftop solar customers to non-solar customers. Citing studies by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, Rive asserts that “[s]olar customers continue […]

California Awards $5 Million to Expand Microgrid at Borrego Springs

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From a press release issued by San Diego Gas & Electric: The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently awarded San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a nearly $5 million grant to expand the innovative Borrego Springs Microgrid. The grant will allow the Microgrid to use the nearby 26-megawatt (MW) Borrego Solar facility to power the entire community, making this one of the nation’s largest microgrids that can operate solely on renewable energy. In addition […]

New Focus on Microgrids in Post-Fukushima Japan

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The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March, 2011 left much of the eastern portion of the island without power for weeks and affected the power supply as far away as Tokyo. In the wake of that disaster, some companies and communities have started building microgrids to ensure power continuity after natural disasters. Toyota is one example. Its automotive manufacturing facility in Miyagi Prefecture previously relied on its local power utility provider […]

UAE Funds 3 Microgrids in Fiji

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The Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates visited Fiji this week to inaugurate three new microgrid projects in the Fiji islands. The UAE is providing US $5 million in funding for these projects through the United Arab Emirates’ Pacific Partnership Fund, which was launched in March 2013 to support renewable energy projects in the Pacific islands. The microgrids will have a combined capacity of 555 kW and will supply over 40% of […]

Ideal Power Introduces Grid Resilient 30kW Power Conversion System

Ideal Power Inc. introduced its Grid Resilient 30kW Power Conversion System (PCS) with microgrid forming capabilities. This new product will work in both 50Hz and 60Hz environments and support grid resiliency for commercial and industrial customers worldwide, giving them the additional ability to form their own microgrid to enable backup power during grid power outages. The newest generation 30kW 2-Port PCS is based on Ideal Power’s 30kW Hybrid Converter and utilizes its award-winning […]

County Profits from Renewable Energy

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Talbot County, Maryland, has reaped economic benefits from installing a combined solar and wind turbine renewable energy system for its biosolids facility. The project, funded by a $3.8-million grant through the American Recovery and Renewal Act, features 3 NPS 100-21 wind turbines manufactured by HOMER Energy partner Northern Power Systems. Since its completion in 2012, the renewable energy system has netted the county economic benefits exceeding $400,000 both from savings in energy costs […]

Siemens Unveils Microgrid Management Software

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From a Siemens press release on February 3, 2015: “Siemens has introduced Spectrum Power 7 Microgrid Management System (SP7 MGMS), the company’s first advanced microgrid management software. This SCADA-based software solution allows microgrid operators to dynamically manage and control distributed energy resources through integrated weather and load forecasting. The software allows each microgrid to operate based on its particular goals, whether economic or environmental, and allows utilities to more efficiently integrate distributed generation […]

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo

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The Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo will showcase four co-located summits in in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 24-26, 2015: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo: The 7th Annual summit showcases Global energy solutions with Hawai’i clean energy initiatives. Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase Focuses on accelerating the development, commercialization and deployment of new energy solutions for both installations and operational missions of the U.S. Military at home and abroad. […]