Microgrid Projects

Rebuilding Haitian Microgrid in Hurricane Matthew’s Aftermath

Haitian MicrogridEarthSpark's Haitian microgrid lost about 40% of solar panels but the power electronics and battery bank were left unscathed.

Following is an overview of repair efforts to date for EarthSpark’s Haitian Microgrid. The overview was presented by Rachel McManus, executive director of EarthSpark, at the recent HOMER International Microgrid Conference 2016 in New York City. Building and sustaining a microgrid takes a lot of planning for potential challenges such as transport of materials, payment schemes, community building, and maintenance. Even with the best planning, however, microgrids may encounter unexpected challenges, such as a […]

All Roads Lead to India’s Energy Future

india microgridsWind turbines, Thar desert in Rajasthan, India

Just two weeks ago, India and the US launched US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) Initiative, designed to help unlock OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corp)  financing and promote distributed clean energy projects. The $20 million initiative is expected to address critical challenges and promote development of microgrid, rooftop and off-grid solar, and smaller-scale grid-connected projects. This initiative is only one of many projects taking place in India, a country taking multiple approaches to meet its bold […]

Palestinian Microgrid Solutions to Energy Poverty: Off-grid in the Holy Land — Part 1

With a unique set of critical energy challenges, Palestine is an ideal environment for off-grid renewable energy and boasts many initiatives and projects, large and small, which are either in the planning stages or operational. This 2-part article (read Part 2 here) discusses Palestine’s energy poverty and power needs and showcases a number of innovative microgrid solutions. Many players are betting Palestinian microgrids (solar and wind) will ease the country’s energy crisis. Palestinians pay the […]

After a Millenium, Remote Himalayan Monastery Turns on the Lights

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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 Project Would Return Area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to ‘Natural State’

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Duke Energy plans to install a microgrid at a remote communications tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, eliminating wires from portions of the park.

Solar+Storage Technologies to Benefit Renters at Vermont Zero Energy Affordable Housing Development in Rural Vermont

Vermont Zero Energy Affordable Housing

In Vermont, an affordable modular housing development will include resilient solar and energy storage technologies to serve low-income renters.

International Consortium to Provide Microgrid Solutions for US, Canada

North American multi-utility microgrid

Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Opus One announce $12.4 M North American multi-utility microgrid project Opus One Solutions (Opus One), Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), and a consortium of partners announced a $12.4 million USD North American multi-utility microgrid project last week.  Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will provide $4 million USD in funding to support the project, designed to improve integration of distributed energy resources and commercial microgrids into power systems and regional wholesale markets.  […]

Fractal Microgrids, Storage Forecast & More Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016

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Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016 Camp Pendleton’s Fractal Microgrid Camp Pendleton’s fractal microgrid provides energy security and energy savings capabilities to critical facilities using renewable energy. A fractal microgrid is a “microgrid-of-microgrids” capable of maximizing energy efficiency and “self-healing” when a portion of the power distribution system is interrupted or fails. Europe’s energy storage battery growth, demand, industry trends, forecast to 2021 “Energy Storage Battery for Microgrids Sales” is an in-depth analysis of […]

Utility Microgrids, Milwaukee Project, ViZn in Africa & More Microgrid News Roundup — September 7, 2016

microgrid news roundup Milwaukee microgridfrom Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‎

Microgrid News Roundup September 7, 2016 Why Smart Utilities Are Embracing Distributed Electricity The momentum for renewable energy builds as prices fall and emissions regulations tighten. In order to stay competitive, utility companies, grid operators and the people who regulate them need to do what’s right for people and planet — incorporate renewable energy, storage, and software to modernize the grid. Milwaukee Microgrid Could Boost Energy R&D An energy research project on Milwaukee’s north […]

Market Growth Forecast, AC/DC Nanogrid & More Microgrid News 8/29/16 Roundup

Weekly Microgrid News Roundup, August 29, 2016 A New Chapter in the Tesla vs. Edison Battle In the basement of the gym at Illinois Institue of Technology is a “Nanogrid Inverter Room.” The nanogrid, part of the campus-wide microgrid, gives the gym its own solar power supply with a unique hybrid of alternating current and direct current. Typically, solar power is generated in DC and is then converted into AC for use, but because […]