The devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida — one of the costliest hurricanes on record — made clear that microgrids remain far too scarce in disaster prone parts of the globe.
We take a look at eight US microgrid projects – some operating, some still being built – notable for their origins, ambitions, unique features and forward looking approach.
Tesla will build a community microgrid in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of an unusual penalty for air quality infringements at its Fremont EV manufacturing facility.
As if to underscore the point, power blackouts rolled across California right after dozens of stakeholders urged state regulators to push harder to get more microgrids built.
San Francisco-developed “smart circuit panel” technology creates a single point of control for generation, energy storage and devices in the home.
The solar roof of Norway’s Skagerak Arena roof is the core of a sophisticated microgrid that not only powers the stadium but also 15 nearby homes in the city of Skien.
By some estimates, California utility PG&E is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10%.
Racing to beat California’s next wildfire season, Pacific Gas & Electric is seeking companies to install microgrids near 20 substations, to keep electricity flowing power lines are shut down.
Japan takes leap ahead of rest of the world, with help from California’s Autogrid, to develop what’s described as the largest behind-the-meter virtual power plant.
US collaboration between LO3 and MotorWerks will test tools to let consumers buy and sell electricity within microgrids using their homes and vehicles.