Smart Neighborhood Wins Smart Grid Award

Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood integrates a microgrid into a community filled with high-performance homes containing energy-efficient systems and connected appliances. The innovative initiative, which includes solar panels, battery storage, and a natural gas-fired backup generator, connects 62 homes with a future-focused system. The project serves not only as a model for new residential communities, but…

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How Hospital Microgrids can Solve Energy Challenges

Adam Dutka, vice president sales – healthcare, at PowerSecure, delves into how hospital microgrids can solve energy challenges in these critical institutions, especially in light of the current COVID-19 crisis. Recent horrific events in our nation’s history taught us many things, none the least of which is an enhanced need for preparedness. Looking ahead, what’s…

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Microgrid Maker

PowerSecure talks microgrids and its 98.7% reliability rate. By Chad Elmore There are consumers and industry professionals out there who believe microgrids may be an interesting solution for the future. However, microgrids have already become an increasingly popular solution to an overloaded and aging electrical grid. The source of the misperception could be found in…

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Funding Microgrids: CAPEX versus OPEX

What is the difference between capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX)? Eric Dupont: Capital expenditures are a one-time purchase, usually a significant outlay of cash associated with purchasing a physical asset, a piece of equipment. The decision making process for spending CAPEX centers around return on investment; how long will it take to get…

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Microgrids as a Non-Spinning Substitute for Spinning Reserves

PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has developed 125 advanced microgrids and manages more than 1,700 microgrids and advanced distributed energy sites. Below Mark Martyak, chief sales officer of PowerSecure-Distributed Infrastructure, explains in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher, Microgrid Knowledge, how microgrids can become a “non-spinning substitute for spinning reserves,” which is crucial as…

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PowerSecure Explores the Microgrid 360 Approach

Eric Dupont of PowerSecure discusses an approach called Microgrid 360 which follows a series of high standards designed to optimize each microgrid for its intended application. Microgrids are unique, with customer-specific customization occurring on many levels. They must be sized and connected appropriately to handle a certain amount of base load under normal operations, as…

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PowerSecure Launches a State-of-the-Art Microgrid in Research Triangle Park

Campus combines microgrid innovation, manufacturing, and performance management under one roof DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — PowerSecure, Inc., a subsidiary of Southern Company, today announced the launch of Microgrid 360, a state-of-the-art microgrid campus that optimizes PowerSecure’s vertically-integrated solutions and is itself an advanced microgrid, consisting of ultra-clean and modular Tier 4 Final engines, a…

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