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BEC to create UK's First Net Zero Microgrid

Irish Tech News Summary Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) is creating the UK’s first community-owned, net-zero, domestic housing microgrid at a new development in Bristol. The project will be part-funded by the public through a £2 million share-offer, which the not-for-profit organisation...

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US winemaker mitigates power shutoffs with EDF microgrid

Power Engineering International Summary US winemaker Domaine Carneros has selected EDF Renewables to ensure its long-term financial and sustainability goals are achieved. The wine maker has tasked the independent power producer to design, build, and operate a resilient solar photovoltaics ...

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California Awards $3.5 Million for Microgrid at Frito-Lay Food Processing Plant

Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Summary The California Energy Commission has awarded Frito-Lay a $3.5 million grant to build a solar-powered microgrid at a food processing facility in a project the agency is touting as a model for the industry. The microgrid will be installed at a...

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Preparing for Disaster While Making Electricity

Heather Smith, Sierra Summary Humboldt County, California, is at the end of the line, electrically speaking. Earthquakes, floods, landslides, and wildfires cut off utilities—and roads—into the area. PG&E, the state's largest utility, has begun preemptively cutting power when the fire...

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Hog waste a source of energy in Harnett County

WRAL.COM Summary There are some who believe that hog waste, for the most part, is pretty useless. But a new project by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives proves that it is, in fact, quite powerful. The methane gas from waste hogs leave behind is being turned into electricity. "We...

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UCSD Gets $39 Million Grant for Renewable Energy Testbed

Times of San Diego Summary UC San Diego will receive a $39 million grant to build a testbed to allow universities, utilities and industry leaders to gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid, it was announced Monday. The grant from the...

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Tesla is making plug-and-play microgrids with a wide range of applications

Electrek Summary A top Tesla executive in its energy division released more information about Tesla’s effort to deliver plug-and-play microgrids with a wide range of applications. Earlier this week, we reported on a new comment from Michael Snyder, director of engineering and construction,...

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New Honors Class Inspires Renewable Energy Research

UMass Lowell Summary A new honors seminar, The Science of Energy, is inspiring students from a wide range of majors to get involved in research into renewable energy, in Haiti and on campus. Brendon Aylaian is an honors business management major who took the class with ...

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IKEA Adelaide’s Solar + Storage Microgrid Project Progressing

Solarquotes Blog Summary The first solar panels have been lifted on to the rooftop of IKEA’s retail outlet in Adelaide as part of a major solar power + battery storage microgrid project at the site. The 14,370 sq metre rooftop will host 1.2MW of solar power capacity, and a 3.4MWh battery...

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MRC Files Reply Comments on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal

On August 28, 2020, the Microgrid Resources Coalition filed reply comments on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal, Facilitating the Commercialization of Microgrids, pursuant to Senate Bill 1339. In the reply comments, the MRC reinforced the need for the Commission...

MRC CPUC Reply to Track 2 Comments 8.28.20.pdf