Category: Distributed Energy Resources

Microgrids can be characterized as a strategic network of distributed energy resources (DER).  These include supply-side resources like solar PV, wind, diesel gensets, CHP plants, and energy storage.  Increasingly, microgrids are looking at demand-side DER to reduce the load.  This ‘negawatt’ approach reduces the need for energy storage and increases the amount of variable renewable energy the microgrid can handle.

Distributed Energy Resources present enormous opportunity, and can be put anywhere on a microgrid or utility grid. However, the utility grid is not designed to get value from DER.

Mobile Pay-Go Solar Leader Aims to Reach 850,000 Zambians by 2020

Mobile Pay-Go Solar Leader Aims to Reach 850,000 Zambians by 2020

The Embassy of Sweden and USAID are pitching in a homegrown mobile pay-go home solar startup Fenix International extends its partnership with MTN, the continent's largest telecoms ...

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Ameren Using Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Software to Integrate DERs into Utility-Scale Microgrid

Ameren Using Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Software to Integrate DERs into Utility-Scale Microgrid

Ameren is using Schneider's EcoStruxture Microgrid Advisor to integrate natural gas, solar, wind and battery energy storage capacity to the utility-scale hybrid microgrid it ...

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World Bank Spurs Kenya Off-Grid Solar Expansion with $150MM IDA Credit

World Bank Spurs Kenya Off-Grid Solar Expansion with $150MM IDA Credit

The $150 million in World Bank IDA is to be used to provide community solar mini-grids, standalone off-grid solar energy systems, solar water pumps, solar cookers and training and ...

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Go Electric to Deploy $1.7 Million Advanced Battery Storage Microgrid at Tooele Army Depot in Utah

Go Electric to Deploy $1.7 Million Advanced Battery Storage Microgrid at Tooele Army Depot in Utah

Indiana's Go Electric has come to specilize in developing and deploying secure, reliable and cost-effective low-emissions distributed energy resource and energy efficiency systems ...

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New Tesla Gigafactory Permits Reveal Plan to Build a Microgrid Lab

New Tesla Gigafactory Permits Reveal Plan to Build a Microgrid Lab

Tesla's Model 3 EV sdan is due to launch tomorrow, but solar PV energy storage and renewable/hybrid microgrids also loom large in Tesla's strategic plans as it continues to play a ...

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Spain’s TTA Builds Five 24/7 Solar-Wind Minigrids on Ghana’s Lake Volta Islands

Spain’s TTA Builds Five 24/7 Solar-Wind Minigrids on Ghana’s Lake Volta Islands

The initial five remote island renewable minigrids are enhancing lives and livelihoods as Ghana continues its drive to achieve universal electricity access by 2020.

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Warburg Pincus Planning to Plow $75MM in Indian Rooftop/Residential Solar Developer

Warburg Pincus Planning to Plow $75MM in Indian Rooftop/Residential Solar Developer

International investment groups and multinational corporations are taking a growing interest in entrepreneurial startups capable of successfully navigating treacherous commercial ...

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Germany’s Innogy Leaps into California’s EV Charging Market

Germany’s Innogy Leaps into California’s EV Charging Market

The launch of Innovy e-mobility US marks a milestone in the German "green energy" group's efforts to capitalize and expand on its electric vehicle and e-mobility tech and services ...

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New Jersey PUB Approves 13 Town Center Microgrid Feasibility Studies

New Jersey PUB Approves 13 Town Center Microgrid Feasibility Studies

The Veolia Trenton Thermal Energy District Network would serves as the core and a technology hub for one of the 13 New Jersey town center microgrid proposals under consideration.

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Aggreko Acquires Advanced Battery Storage-Smart Microgrid Systems Pioneer Younicos for $52 Million

Aggreko Acquires Advanced Battery Storage-Smart Microgrid Systems Pioneer Younicos for $52 Million

Aggreko and Younicos' chief executives waxed optimistic regarding the all-cash, GBP40 million acquisition and merger despite expectations Younicos will continue to lose money over ...

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