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Innovative American Microgrids: from Corporate HQs to Affordable Housing

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In the United States, where minimalism and simplicity aren’t always a system’s determining factors, microgrid technology has made possible many groundbreaking projects that could lead to new models for off-grid power generation, distribution, and storage. These include everything from corporate campus microgrids to energy-plus-storage systems for multi-family affordable housing projects.

HOMER User Case Study, SAFT: Cold Storage — Powering Remote Microgrids in the Far North

HOMER user case study SAFT

HOMER User Case Study: SAFT The following case study is adapted from a presentation given at the 2016 HOMER International Microgrid Conference. SAFT‘s Stuart Lansburg spoke to attendees about cold-weather storage and SAFT’s approach to these high-tech battery storage systems, presenting two case studies and a critique of HOMER Pro performance. Importance of storage in remote cold-weather microgrids When utilized in remote northern microgrids, storage systems enable a high penetration of renewables, producing fuel savings and a return […]

Cannabis Industry: Microgrids a “Game Changer” for Multi-billion Dollar Market

cannabis industry microgridMicrogrids bring environmental reponsibility, huge savings, to indoor cannabis industry.

Using fossil fuels to power cannabis cultivation is detrimental to the environment, takes “green” out of industry.
Energy is one of growers’ largest costs, accounting for as much as 50% of total overhead. However, implementing a microgrid can reduce those costs by as much as 25%. Scale Energy’s microgrids combine solar, storage, and combined heat and power (CHP). The systems make for a much more environmentally friendly operation while dramatically reducing costs, hence the revolutionary role they will play in this growing industry.

Winter Storm Stella’s Lesson: States Must Take Action on Distributed Energy

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Last week, between March 13 and 15, Winter Storm Stella dumped as much as 58 inches of snow on the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic United States. The storm knocked out power for more than 400,000 people as far south as Virginia and as far north as Nova Scotia. More than 60,000 people lost power in Massachusetts alone. The increasing frequency of severe weather events like Winter Storm Stella exposes the vulnerability of outdated, overloaded […]

Kofi Annan: African Energy Future Progressing to Off-grid Systems

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Africa’s energy deficit continues to stifle economic growth, job creation, agricultural transformation, and improvements in health and education. Meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7, the energy goal, is a pre-condition for achieving many of the other goals. We are no longer in the dark about how to tackle this challenge.

New High-quality HOMER Free Training Videos Reflect Recent Upgrades

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We are now upgrading the company’s series of training videos. HOMER Energy wants the videos to reflect the latest versions of HOMER Pro and has taken this opportunity to enhance video quality for our customers as well.

New Microgrid System Brings RE to Flinders Island, Tasmania

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/tesla-batteries-help-power-small-north-carolina-island/434536/The Flinders Island microgrid will reduce diesel emissions by 60%

  Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy, is developing the “Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub” project designed to increase the island’s use of renewable energy and dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage, until now the only electrical energy source on the island. Electro Power Systems S.A. (EPS), in partnership with Toshiba, were commissioned for a hybrid storage system as part of Flinders Island’s microgrid for Hydro Tasmania. The system, which combines renewables and […]

Maryland: Despite Setbacks, Maryland Powers Through with Microgrids and Clean Energy Jobs

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Last week, the Maryland legislature passed the Clean Energy Jobs act, overriding a veto last year by Governor Larry Hogan. Also in 2016, the state’s Public Service Commission made news when it rejected utility microgrids. In positive microgrid news, last week’s jobs bill passage comes alongside the announcement of two advanced Maryland microgrids announced by the state’s Montgomery County. The just-passed act increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25% by 2020 — […]

Colorado multi-stakeholder Solar-plus-Storage “Portfolio” Microgrid Project

Peña Station NEXT microgrid A rendering of the microgrid project at Peña Station NEXT

At Peña Station NEXT—a 382-acre transit-oriented development in Denver, Colorado—stakeholders Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Denver International Airport, Younicos, and LC Fulenwider, Inc. have partnered on an ambitious solar+storage microgrid. The project used a public-private partnership approach that resulted in a multi-stakeholder “portfolio microgrid.” Now, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have released a white paper, A Portfolio Microgrid in Denver, Colorado: How a multi-use battery energy storage system provides grid and customer services through a […]