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Combatting California’s Drought with Crowd-Sourced Solutions

Amber Plante for Zondits, July 16, 2015. Image credit: Fathergoose Drought-like conditions, like those parching California for the past 4 years, can affect everything from lawns to energy resources, in part because historically 30% of local fresh water resources go into making useable energy for homes, streetlights, and normal societal conditions. But the cycle is vicious: According […]

Oncor grid operators

Oncor and Partners Announce Sophisticated Microgrid

Lisa Markowski for Zondits, April 9, 2015 A three-way collaboration involving Texas utility Oncor, Schneider Electric, and S&C Electric has resulted in the country’s most sophisticated microgrid yet. The 1.25 MW operation is actually four microgrid zones with the following sources of generation: a propane microturbine, two solar PV arrays, a dual-battery energy storage system, […]