Microgrids

California wildfire smoke decreases solar generation by more than 13% in CAISO

In the first two weeks of September 2020, average solar-powered electricity generation in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which covers 90% of utility-scale solar capacity in California, declined nearly 30% from the July 2020 average as wildfires burned across...
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Liberty Utilities plans solar + storage microgrid for wildfire mitigation in NWA plan

Last week, BoxPower announced that Liberty Utilities will be using its system to set up a microgrid at a remote mountain research station. The companies said the project will save millions by replacing high fire-risk distribution lines...

Himalayan villages to receive life-changing solar mini-grid

Rural villages located in Mukteshwar, in India’s Himalaya region, are to get an innovative solar mini-grid system to generate and store energy. Power Roll, a developer of low-cost and lightweight flexible solar PV, will be working...

Large-scale solar developers see promise in C&I, distributed solar market

Two announcements this week show that larger renewable energy developers, particularly large-scale solar developers, are looking to expand their operations into smaller-scale project development. Global renewable energy developer BayWa r.e. said on Wednesday that it has acquired Enable...

Safe Harbor in the Covid storm for your 2020 solar project: “Do it now.”

What is different this year from last year when thinking about filing a Solar Safe Harbor extension for 2020 ITC? Before we turn to the answer, please note that this article is an update to my April...
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The role of microgrids in India

India is a growing country of 1.3 billion people. The energy needs are increasing and people from all corners of the country have started engaging in small businesses and demanding better infrastructure. The country,...

Nominations now open for the best utility customer-centric programs

The Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) recently announced the opening of the nominations window for the 2021 Best Practices Awards, a unique awards program that highlights leadership from electricity providers in developing customer-centric programs, services and strategies. Previous...

Network Resource Interconnection Service is a better choice than ERIS for small-scale renewable developers

A common question for renewable developers interconnecting to a transmission system is whether they should pay more and procure a network resource interconnection service (NRIS) or pay less for energy resource interconnection service (ERIS)?...

Solar-powered heroin production shows the shady side of solar

A news story along the lines of ‘things that make you go hmmmm.’ Farmers in Afghanistan are turning to solar powered water pumps to boost production of heroin-producing poppies and it’s working out quite well for them. That’s...
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Top headlines of global microgrid news

The new edition of our “Top 5 Microgrid News” features microgrids on islands, at office and university buildings as well as small communities. This edition covers projects in the United Emirates, USA, UK and...