Integrating Renewable Energy into Microgrids: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

The business case for microgrids is improving by the day. Microgrids offer tremendous potential to enhance reliability, resilience, and long-term energy security. As microgrid technologies continue to advance and costs decline, business models and regulatory structures are beginning to shift in recognition of the potential benefits these systems … [Read more...]

Annobon Island Microgrid: Case Study

A microgrid case study: The Annobon Island Microgrid, a reliable and cost-effective island microgrid. Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. The residents only have reliable electricity for up to five hours per day and spend an average of 15-20 percent of their … [Read more...]

New Mexico Company Teams with Chinese on Solar Microgrids with Thermal Storage

New Mexico company Focused Sun is partnering with  Xiang Yang Institute (XYI) in Hubei, China to develop solar microgrids with thermal storage to help relieve China’s smog problems. “Focused Sun has squeezed the cost out of solar concentrators, the key part of the microgrid system that focuses sunlight. Together with thermal storage and Chinese … [Read more...]

Bids Due September 29 for Navy Solar Microgrid Project in California

The U.S. Navy is seeking a contractor for  solar microgrid project at an existing microgrid at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Bids are due September 29. The microgrid is currently powered by wind turbines; the contractor must integrate the solar panels into the wind system. The Navy is using the microgrid to … [Read more...]

What to Make of this Curious Headline from India: Solar Microgrid Not ‘Real’ Electricity?

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I was struck this week by a curious headline about a new solar microgrid in India, ‘Bihar village rejects solar-powered microgrid and demands 'real' electricity.’ The India Today article tells the story of Dharnai, “a non-descript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.” The village recently gained electricity for the first time in … [Read more...]

What to Make of this Curious Headline from India: Solar Microgrid Not ‘Real’ Electricity?

I was struck this week by a curious headline about a new solar microgrid in India, ‘Bihar village rejects solar-powered microgrid and demands 'real' electricity.’ The India Today article tells the story of Dharnai, “a non-descript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.” The village recently gained electricity for the first time in 33 … [Read more...]