NREL’s ESIF Issues Annual Call for User Access Proposals

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HOMER Energy — whose HOMER Pro prototype was developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) — announces the NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)  annual call for user access proposals. The call for proposals is now open through August 1, 2017, for projects focused on advancing grid modernization, energy systems integration, and renewable generation. The ESIF facility is the DOE’s first user facility conducting integrated megawatt-scale research, development, and demonstration of the components and […]

The Economics of Renewable Energy

By this point, renewables are widely accepted as the way of the future. This doesn’t mean the transition won’t be a challenge. Here are a few articles about renewable energy from a finacial standpoint.   Clean Energy, Guaranteed: Loan program reaching limit DOE Explores a New Frontier In Quest for Cheaper Solar Panels If Renewable Costs Are Down, Why the Financial Uncertainty Who’s Buying Renewable Energy?  

Shift to renewable energy driven by economics

Investment and success with renewable energy will be driven, ultimately, by economics. Today’s stories focus strongly in the arena of value, as we shift from a fossil-fuel dominated world to one dominated by clean renewables. Solar home systems have been mostly driven by personal philosophy and incentives. However new research indicates that solar systems add significant value to a home. But home systems are not nearly enough. Investments in transmission are needed to […]

Microgrid community coming to California, Gargantuan Turbines, and Thin Films

First Micro-Grid, Distributed Energy Resource Community Coming to California As the first private commercial micro-grid project of its kind in California, the project, called 2500 R Street, will enable homeowners to achieve net zero energy efficiency at an unprecedented rate of affordability. At the same time, utilities will gain the ability to dispatch and control their renewable resources discretely or in aggregate; improving utility transmission and distribution, deferring capital asset investment, improving grid […]

Microgrids in the News 03/07/2011

  Today’s resources and news stories: Deploying Advanced Energy Storage Makes Sense Small-scale Renewable Energy Hits the Big Time in the UK Renewable energy standards: The health, security, and competitiveness benefits Diverse coalition endorses feed-in tariff for Los Angeles Caterpillar Delivers Increased Power And Reduced Operating Costs For G3512E And G3520E Gas Generator Sets