What Exactly is a Microgrid?

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What, exactly, is a microgrid? The electricity grid is evolving, moving away from the traditional centralized grid and toward a more-distributed grid utilizing local sources of generation, resulting in more and more microgrids. At the same time, islands and remote communities around the world operate grids that are completely separate from any larger grid, and these are also often referred to as microgrids. In general, microgrids are small power systems that use local […]

In Rural Alaska, Obama works to Speed the Renewable Energy Revolution

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KOTZEBUE, Alaska – The White House announced that it would launch a $4 million initiative to speed the development of renewable energy in remote Alaskan communities, part of a package of new programs aimed at reducing fossil fuel use and countering climate impacts in the region of the world that is warming the fastest. Alaskans paid an average price of 18.12 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity in 2013, according to federal data […]

New Book On Microgrids Touts Energy Independence for Homeowners; Encourages Them to “Cut the Cord”


PALM DESERT, Calif., June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — While rooftop solar has only recently had its tipping point, solar + storage in the form of batteries, will be following closely behind. In a new book by Vincent Battaglia, MBA, “Cut the Cord: How to Achieve Energy Independence by Joining the Solar-Powered Microgrid Revolution,” he examines the evolution of microgrids and explains this very accessible option for homeowners. “People are ready to be free […]

‘Solar Cisterns’ To Power 2000 Low Income Island Homes


Elecyr and Greentech Construction will provide total electric independence for thousands in the Caribbean and Central America. Advanced manufactured homes will use graphene nanotech batteries and share DC microgrids. Elecyr Corporation, and Greentech Construction Systems will provide grid independent power using electricity provided by rooftop solar collected in “Solar Cisterns” using graphene-enhanced battery systems that will last a lifetime and provide total independence from the electric grid. In these island communities, energy costs […]

100% Renewable Energy for All

The investment necessary to move toward 100% renewable energy by 2050 would be more than covered by future savings in fuel costs, according to a ground-breaking new report from Greenpeace, researched in collaboration with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). The Energy [R]evolution scenario 2015 also says more jobs would be created in the energy sector – with the solar industry alone employing as many people in the future as the coal industry does […]

ABB Installs Microgrid Solutions at its South Africa Campus

ABB disclosed its plan of installation of an integrated solar-diesel microgrid at its facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa. This new solution, comprising a rooftop solar photovoltaic (‘PV’) field and a PowerStoreTM grid stabilizer, is aimed at boosting the usage of renewable energy and offers uninterrupted power supply at the premises, especially during grid to island operation transitions and power disruptions. To be installed at ABB’s Longmeadow premises, which is a 96,000 square meter […]

UGE International and Alpha Energy to Collaborate on Microgrid Projects


UGE International, a global leader in distributed renewable energy solutions for businesses, and Alpha Energy, an engineering procurement and construction firm, have entered into an agreement to work jointly on the development, installation, maintenance and financing of distributed generation projects. The collaboration will put forth a unique vertically integrated team, with the ability to efficiently approach the distributed generation and energy storage markets on a global basis, which is projected to grow at […]

ABB Microgrid Solution to Boost Renewable Energy Use by Remote Community in Kenya


ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from Socabelec East Africa Ltd. to design, supply and install a PowerStore flywheel-based microgrid stabilization solution for the Marsabit wind farm in northern Kenya. The country plans to quadruple its energy output in the next five years bringing on board an additional 5,000 megawatts (MW) of power capacity, with the aim of providing the majority of its approximately 50 million citizens access […]

HOMER Energy Selected to Present in NREL Industry Growth Forum


Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Nov. 3 and 4 in Denver, Colorado, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum. The 30 emerging clean energy startup companies were selected through an application and review process and will compete for the 2015 NREL Clean Energy Venture Awards. For more than 20 years, NREL’s Industry Growth Forum […]

HOMER Energy Industry Partner Featured on PBS News Hour for Non-Toxic Battery

One of the exciting things about working here at HOMER Energy is watching the world begin to understand the significance and importance of the possibilities for both hybrid power systems and innovative storage, which go hand in hand. So I was not surprised but very happy to see our industry partner company Aquion Energy featured on PBS News Hour on Monday, September 7, talking about their non-toxic Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery. We look […]