Category Archives: Microgrids

Thinking small for big impact: powering a green future with microgrids

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Though still sparsely utilized due to the infancy of the concept, microgrids are seeing a surge in growth as they offer unique opportunities to harness green energy.

Microgrids—a small power system that can operate independently of the macrogrid—use less than 0.2 percent of all U.S. electricity, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. However, that capacity is expected to more than double by 2020, as certain states create funding opportunities and attract developers.

iStock_000074821533_LargeThese self-contained power systems can light up commercial facilities, residential neighborhoods or remote communities. They can operate on a range of sources, including emerging technologies like fuel cells and modular nuclear reactors and are able to harness the power of on-site energy by collecting the heat from a nuclear reactor or the wind or sunlight over surrounding land. Using renewable resources, the microgrid can generate zero-emission electricity. And finally, the microgrid can keep running when storms or blackouts cause the macrogrid to lose power.

Most microgrids are located in seven states—Alaska, California, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. In Brooklyn, a project is moving forward to power a low-income housing community with a lithium-ion-battery microgrid. A public-private development in Denver is using a solar-powered microgrid. And another public-private partnership in Maryland is developing two microgrids to power county facilities.

Because microgrids are a relatively new concept, they face unique financial and legal hurdles. … Read More

Go off the grid with offsite renewable energy solutions

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Alternative energy is a hot topic these days. But did you know that you don’t necessarily need to produce renewable energy onsite to take advantage of the benefits? JLL’s Lauren McAdam explains what your options are for offsite renewable energy – and what you need to know when evaluating your opportunities. 

It’s no secret that renewable energy alternatives present attractive new options for commercial and industrial real estate owners and occupiers. But the reality is that most commercial and industrial (C&I) organizations can’t achieve their sustainability goals such as carbon reduction and energy savings solely through onsite renewable energy solutions – site size limitations, site intrusion, operational interruptions, contract commitment lengths, and other factors all can limit the opportunities.

Many large companies are increasingly looking to offsite renewable energy solutions as an alternative way to achieve their sustainability goals– and approximately 75% of S&P 500 companies have some form of sustainability goals.Read More

4 things you need to know about solar battery storage

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Simone Concha, JLL’s Director of Sustainability – Australia, discusses the concept of solar battery storage and what it means for your business. To learn more about the benefits that solar battery storage can bring to your organization, contact JLL’s Alternative Energy Services team.    

What is a solar battery?

Solar battery storage is a way of saving the energy generated by solar panels, to be used at a time when the sun is not shining. It’s more significant than you may think: while traditional solar power is considered “variable” – because it is affected by weather, time of day, and other factors – solar battery storage offers a consistent, reliable alternative.

As a result, solar battery storage has the potential to drive down the cost of renewable electricity and increase the uptake of electric cars – both of which are important milestones in the transition to a low carbon economy.… Read More

Microgrids … The Answer for Resiliency?

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Dave Gralnik

 

 

Posted by: Dave Gralnik

Energy & Sustainability Services

 

In the wake of ever-increasing natural disasters, owners and users of real estate are scrambling to make their buildings energy-resilient.

Today, microgrids are emerging as the answer of choice.

These are typically building-specific solar panels, fuel cells, natural gas turbines and energy storage devices that are integrated strategically to allow the building to become energy self-sufficient when utility… Read More