California became the latest US state to offer grants in early August for microgrid adoption as the state plans to increase the penetration of distributed energy resources as well as demonstrate the benefits to end users. Some $44.7 million will be available under the offering (GFO-17-302).
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are already pushing the use of microgrids with more than $100 million in grant money.
In 2014, California granted seven microgrid projects around $25.7 million to support the penetration of renewables on the grid.
The funding will be split into three groups: $22 million for military bases, ports or native American tribes; $11.7 million for disadvantaged communities; $11 million for commercially viable microgrids at other locations.
The deadline to submit applications is October 10.
California Energy Commission staff in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator are developing a roadmap for the commercialization of microgrids in California. This roadmap will be finalized by the end of the year.
A report by Navigant Research, presented during a California microgrid roadmap meeting in April, showed California had more than 120 existing, developing and proposed microgrid projects and that around 30% of the proposed 650MW peak capacity was already online.
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