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Microgrid powers new suburban Minneapolis office building

Written by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

On a crowded stretch of one of the Twin Cities’ busiest freeways, a glassy new five-story building announces itself with a large sign saying, “OATI Microgrid.” Inside the building in Bloomington, workers are putting the final touches on the OATI Microgrid Technology Center, which features solar panels, wind turbines, a combined heat and power plant and energy storage. It’s part of a pilot project for Open Access Technology International, a Minneapolis-based company that provides cloud-based software applications for more than 1,600 clients, including independent service operators (ISOs), electric cooperatives, energy traders and utilities. Continue reading.

Photo by Open Access Technology International. A rendering of OATI’s new office building in Bloomington, Minnesota, equipped with a microgrid powered by renewables and CHP turbines.


Quikbyke is a solar-powered e-bike rental shop & charging station in a shipping container

By Derek Markham, Treehugger

The founder of one of the longest-running electric vehicle sites on the web, EV World, is building a spin-off that will directly enter the electric mobility scene by offering e-bike rentals from a self-contained solar powered shipping container. Bill Moore’s Quikbyke system just finished a successful summer trial in Omaha, Nebraska, and will soon be in St. Petersburg, Florida, where it will serve cruise passengers and other tourists (primarily targeting baby boomers) with an affordable and renewably-powered local transportation option . . . While a pop-up e-bike rental shop might be a good fit for many markets, Moore is looking to the cruise ship market, where an older customer base would be an ideal fit for e-bike rentals, and where stops on a route can disgorge hundreds of passengers who need local transportation but who want an alternative to a taxi or bus. Read the entire article here.

Grid Alternatives will install 92 solar projects on U.S. tribal lands

By Frank Andorka, PV Magazine


Six tribal communities in California, Montana and South Dakota will receive 394 kW of solar energy in the form of 92 installations, courtesy of non-profit installer Grid Alternatives and a more than $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE created an initiative in March to provide clean energy and energy efficiency projects for 24 tribal communities. Continue reading.

Photo Credit: Grid Alternatives

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