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Rural Neighborhood Chooses Off-Grid Microgrids Instead of Paying the Utility

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For the Silvies Valley Ranch outside of Burns, Oregon, off-grid microgrids for each of 600 homes under development makes more financial sense than paying the local utility $7 million to run utility lines to the ranch. The eco-friendly ranch and luxury resort, formerly a dude ranch, is located on 140,000 acres in eastern Oregon where visitors … [Read more...]

Rural Electrification: Not Only Lights, but Jobs

distributed renewable energy

Minigrids and distributed renewable energy (DRE) promise to create much-needed employment as rural electrification ramps up in Nigeria, India and Kenya, according to a study, Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce. The report comes from Power for All, an organization of 250 business, finance, research and civil society … [Read more...]

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Rural US Access Clean Energy, Microgrids

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U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have introduced bipartisan legislation to help give clean energy and microgrids a boost in the rural US. The Expanded Access to Sustain Energy Act, or EASE, will assist rural communities and rural electricity cooperatives to overcome the barriers to renewable energy storage and … [Read more...]

Transforming Electric Supply for Small-Town and Rural America

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The Rocky Mountain Institute's Kevin Brehm, Madeline Tyson and Jeff Waller offer takeways on how rural electric cooperatives are transforming electric supply with distributed energy resources (DERs). The rural electric system — like the rest of the US electric system — was designed to capture economies of scale that defined how power was … [Read more...]

Closting the Circuit – Stimulating End-Use Demand for Rural Electrification

Electrification’s ultimate measure of success in developing nations—and its real contribution—is to both meet basic humanitarian needs and underpin economic development. But most electrification programs focus on expanding supply with limited investment devoted to enabling end uses that drive productivity improvements and meet critical needs. For … [Read more...]

Partners in Colorado and Rwanda Join Forces to Realize Rural Electrification

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Researchers at the University of Rwanda and Colorado State University's (CSU) Energy Institute have joined forces to create microgrids that will provide energy access to rural, off-grid communities in Rwanda and across Sub-Saharan Africa. Rwanda's government estimates that only 20 percent of the population has access to reliable, safe … [Read more...]

Solar-Storage Microgrids Poised to Surge Amid Philippines’ Rural Electrification Drive

Philippines microgrid market

The Philippines microgrid market appears poised to surge as new rural electrification regulations and programs open doors to project development. Working to realize President Rodrigo Duterte's goal of 100 percent electrification by 2022, the government is implementing regulatory changes and new programs related to microgrid projects, … [Read more...]

100% Renewable Microgrid for Sweden’s Rural Community of Simris

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In the rural town of Simris in the South of Sweden, E.ON, a large European utility company, has been testing the islanding of a 100 percent renewable microgrid. Remote areas of Northern Scandinavia experience harsh winter storms, with falling trees causing damage to overhead power lines, resulting in power outages. Reliable microgrids that … [Read more...]

Rural NC Farm Cooperative Microgrid Increases Local Resilience

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Rural microgrids can improve local energy resilience and sustainability. One of these such rural microgrids — this time on a Harnett County, N.C., hog farm — was dedicated this past week in celebration of the project’s completion. The cooperative microgrid, which is expected to promote environmental sustainability and support the surrounding … [Read more...]

Play a Game to Design a Rural Microgrid

Rural Microgrid

In developing countries, a major challenge to the success of a rural microgrid is gathering enough information about the community and its needs. To overcome this hurdle, Energy Action Partners has created a game—now in the testing phase. Called The Minigrid Game, it works by bringing together potential microgrid users, developers and … [Read more...]