A Technology-Driven Disruption of Historic Proportion: 70 Seconds to Explain

It’s no secret that NRG has been vocal and clear about its opinion of what is happening to energy, in the U.S. and the world, from their lead on the Necker Island (home to out-of-the-box billionaire Richard Branson) microgrid project to their new branding focused on sustainability. This quote of NRG CEO David Crane in today’s RenewEconomy, which they dub as the… “Future of energy – and decline of centralised generation – explained […]

Sierra Leone Plans to Build 200 MW of Renewable Energy Capabilities

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Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Energy met with representatives from New Generation Power International and Nations Solar this week to formalize an agreement for the two companies to install 200 MW of power generation facilities throughout the country. The proposed Public Private Partnership Agreement (PPPA) among the parties would support Sierra Leone’s goal of delivering 1 GW of energy in a country in which 80% of the population lacks access to electricity. The […]

Raytheon and Partners Demonstrate Advanced 100% PV-Powered Microgrid System

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Raytheon , the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Primus Power, and Advanced Energy together have successfully demonstrated an advanced microgrid system capable of islanded (off-grid) operation using stored and high penetration renewable energy. The testing effort, conducted at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility, incorporated Primus Power’s EnergyPod® 706kVA powertrain, two AE 100kW solar inverters, and Raytheon’s Intelligent Power and Energy Management (IPEM) Microgrid Controller. The demonstration proved the ability for an Energy […]

India Plans to Increase Renewable Energy Capacity to 175 GW

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Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Saturday India’s plans to increase its renewable energy generation capacity from 34 GW to 175 GW by 2022. The plans call for a combined capacity 100 GW of photovoltaic energy, 60 GW of wind power, 10 GW of biomass and 5 GW of hydro projects. The goal seems ambitious: in early 2014, India had 249 gigawatts of installed electricity generation capacity, 59% of which came from […]

SunEdison Aims To Bring Electricity To 20 Million People By 2020

The new SunEdison Outdoor Microstation can power 25 households for five hours each night and takes just four to six hours to set up. (PRNewsFoto/SunEdison, Inc.)The new SunEdison Outdoor Microstation can power 25 households for five hours each night and takes just four to six hours to set up. (PRNewsFoto/SunEdison, Inc.)

From a SunEdison press release: SunEdison has announced plans to bring electricity to 20 million people in underserved communities around the world by 2020. “[B]y applying a mix of new business models, new technology, and charitable donations, we are tackling the issue head on. We are committing to bringing electricity to one million people by the end of 2015, and are targeting to help 20 million people gain access to electricity by 2020,” […]

Webinar: Tour HOMER Pro with the HOMER Pros

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Have you wondered what HOMER® Pro is all about? Now, for the first time ever since its release in October, 2014, HOMER software and mechanical engineers join HOMER Energy executives to demonstrate the major features of this complete rebuild of a global standard microgrid and distributed generation model. Learn what HOMER Pro is all about, and what the plans are for its future. The HOMER (Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources) Model is […]

Hoboken Looks to Microgrid to Build Resilience

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In this short video, officials from Hoboken, New Jersey discuss the city’s plans to create an urban microgrid that will improve the city’s energy resilience. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy filled Hoboken “like a bathtub,” leaving 80% of the city under water and resulting in widespread power outages. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says that a microgrid can support efforts to have people “shelter in place” in the event of natural disasters as it supplies […]

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


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


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 […]