Microgrid

Employee owned engineering firm installing advanced electric vehicle charging on campus

Burns & McDonnell, a 6,000-strong engineering firm, is installing a Greenlots EV charging network and integrating it into the company’s campus network. The engineers hope to offer EV related services to their many electric utility customers.

Smarter homes with solar+storage by Sonnen

The Sonnen ecoLinx adds home automation skills, via powerful industry partner tools, complementing the company’s energy storage, grid management and microgrid expertise.

Enphase going Einstein with IQ8 solar power inverters

The IQ8 will allow off grid solar power without the need for energy storage by instantly recognizing local load demands and meeting them with available solar-generated electricity.

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Saving the stadium: how microgrid integration can improve venues’ disaster survivability

By using real-time weather data and energy management stadiums can better manage their own consumption, as well as sheltering local residents in the event of a natural disaster.

Tesla Powerwalls and PowerPacks save Vermont $500,000 during heatwaves

Green Mountain Power suggests 500 distributed Tesla Powerwalls plus two larger energy storage facilities have saved its customers $500,000 this summer during peak demand hours.

Elon Musk’s unprecedented solar+storage vision for Puerto Rico moves forward

Puerto Rico is requesting ten 20 MW / 20 MWh batteries to be deployed strategically in the country’s power grid. The RFQ notes that sites should be upgradable to 40 MW / 160 MWh.

Energy storage takes the grid by storm at the EIA conference, part 2

Part 2 looks at presentations by Fluence and NREL, which outline the market opportunities present both today and in the future.

Energy storage takes the grid by storm at the EIA conference, part 1

Presentations by Duke Energy, NREL, Fluence, GE and the EIA itself showed that energy storage is becoming a fact on the ground.

Barriers to non-utility ownership of DER stripped from California bill

SB 1088, which would have effectively barred customer or third-party owned solar or batteries from providing reliability services for the distribution system has been altered before leaving the Senate Appropriations Committee.

How solar emergency microgrids provide resilience to vulnerable communities

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Clean Coalition’s Frank Wasco explores how microgrid projects by Solar Saves Lives and other organizations show that communities can build back right and prepare for natural disasters.

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