A Tale of Two Microgrids: New Sun Road's Takeaways from Microgrid Knowledge Conference 2024

June 10, 2024
Microgrids are much stronger connected to each other. Operations and maintenance must be prioritized. Artificial intelligence can prove to be a real asset to microgrid control and interoperability.

Microgrids are much stronger connected to each other. Operations and maintenance must be prioritized. Artificial intelligence can prove to be a real asset to microgrid control and interoperability.

These are some of the memorable takeaways that California-based microgrid developer New Sun Road gained from its participation in the Microgrid Knowledge 2024 Conference, according to an article posted on the company’s website. MGK 2024 was April 22-24 at the Marriott Waterfront along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

New Sun Road was honored as recipient of Microgrid Knowledge’s Greater Good Award of Highest Recognition for its Digital Community Centers project in Guatemala. These series of microgrids provide power for women-led Digital Community Centers enabling digital literacy training and online resources for remote, indigenous and unelectrified communities.

The Highest Recognition award was among four different Greater Good Awards announced on the event’s last day. Others included projects for local microgrid, remote microgrid and utility-connected microgrid.

CEO Adrienne Pierce also participated in a panel (image directly above) with Southern California Edison and BoxPower, focused on “Securely Connecting Remote Vendor Managed Grids into the Utility Enterprise.” New Sun Road and BoxPower worked together with another California utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, on the Briceburg Microgrid in California, among other projects.

Microgrid Knowledge 2024 featured three days of content with more than 50 presenters and nearly 500 attendees from eight nations. The content varied from how to virtually build a microgrid to utilizing on-site power for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, data centers, universities and industrial customers.

The next Microgrid Knowledge Conference will be April 15-17, 2025, at the Sheraton in Dallas.

 

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Rod Walton, Managing Editor | Managing Editor

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I’ve spent the last 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. I was an energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World before moving to business-to-business media at PennWell Publishing, which later became Clarion Events, where I covered the electric power industry. I joined Endeavor Business Media in November 2021 to help launch EnergyTech, one of the company’s newest media brands. I joined Microgrid Knowledge in July 2023. 

I earned my Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. My career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World, all in Oklahoma . I have been married to Laura for the past 33-plus years and we have four children and one adorable granddaughter. We want the energy transition to make their lives better in the future. 

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