Microgrid News Highlights — December 8, 2016 NYCEEC Brings the Battery to Brooklyn, Financing Energy Storage for a Low-Income Housing Microgrid The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation has made a 10-year project loan of more than $1 million to the energy storage company Demand Energy, bringing large-scale battery storage technology to a privately owned low-income housing development in Brooklyn, NY. Demand Energy’s lithium-ion battery system will be used to store power generated […]
Recently, a group of volunteer engineers from around the world: Australia, Chile, Greece, Holland, Luxembourg, Nepal, Slovakia, South Africa, the U.S. and the UK, trekked to Lingshed to bring light to this remote village by installing 14 Himalayan solar microgrids to its monastery — one of the world’s oldest, its school dormitories, and a computer lab/internet cafe.
Microgrid News Highlights — November 30, 2016 Tesla Enters Global Microgrid Market with Solar Island Powered 24/7 Tesla and Solar City are tapping into the global renewable energy microgrid market. The newly united companies announced the completion of a solar plus battery storage project on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa last Tuesday, along with a video (see below). The Ta’u microgrid combines 1.4MW of solar PV and a 6MWh energy storage system […]
To serve the needs of our international user community, HOMER Pro is now available in a localized Spanish version. This project has been over a year in the making, and this is the first full translation of HOMER Pro. Users do not need a separate license to run HOMER Pro in Spanish.
Microgrid News Highlights — November 21, 2016 Connecticut approves $30 million for projects to strengthen electric grid Last week, state Bond Commission approved the funding for an expansion of Connecticut’s microgrid program. Joel Gordes, a West Hartford-based energy consultant, said the state needs to sustain its microgrid program in order to assure the security of its residents and businesses. “The denial of service attacks you saw with some websites are something to […]
Microgrid Industry News — November 15, 2016 New President, New Congress: How Policymakers Can Fix America’s Electricity Infrastructure With a new president and Congress taking office in January, legislation to address America’s deteriorating infrastructure will likely be debated. High on their list of priorities should be new policies encouraging private-sector investment and innovation in the electricity sector, particularly in microgrids and smart meters. Connecticut Governor Advances Commitment to Storm Resiliency with Funding for […]
After 3 successful microgrid conferences in Mexico, Spain, and Australia, HOMER Energy hosted its fourth annual international microgrid conference at Columbia University in New York November 7-8. TheHOMER microgrid conference was attended by 150 people from the microgrid sector, including representatives of the World Bank, Earth Spark, United Nations, Shell Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute, and many other organizations. Keynote topic: regulatory issues from NY to the developing world The conference opened with Audrey […]
What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together?
Microgrid Industry News Highlights November 7, 2016 Electricity to Rural Areas in Kenya and Developing Countries with Pay-as-you-go Microgrids U.S.-based solar developer Renewvia Energy is bringing electricity to rural communities in Kenya and other developing countries through pay-as-you-go solar microgrids. Most of these communities will be experiencing electricity use for the first time. The microgrids will bring power to people and small business in remote areas otherwise ineligible to receive an affordable and […]