UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]

Japanese Island Ditches Diesel for Microgrid Renewables

Plans are underway for a new microgrid that will combine renewable generation and energy storage batteries to supply tiny Okinoerabu Island in the southern part of Japan. The microgrid will use Kyocera’s energy management system to control solar, wind and storage battery capacity. Designed to promote local economic development and reduce … [Read more...]

Nigerian Rollout of Multiple Microgrids Shows Opportunity for Scale

Six new microgrids have been developed simultaneously in Nigeria as part of a rural electrification program backed by the World Bank. The projects show the considerable possibilities available from the scaling up of microgrid rollout programs. Located in Nasarawa State, the solar hybrid microgrid projects will provide clean, reliable and … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Western Power Issues RFP for Remote Microgrid

Utility group Western Power has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to pilot a disconnected microgrid in the Midwest, Wheatbelt or Great Southern region of Western Australia. The Western Australian Government-owned utility is seeking registrations of interest to understand the capability and capacity of the market to develop a microgrid … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powers Circuit Breaker Manufacturing Plant in Puerto Rico

A new microgrid project is underway for a Puerto Rico circuit breaker manufacturing plant that is designed to ensure business continuity and boost the renewable energy contribution to the grid during peak demand periods. Power management firm Eaton has partnered with Enel X to develop the solar plus energy storage project at its Las Piedras … [Read more...]

Thailand’s Microgrid Plans Take Shape

A microgrid pilot project is operating in Thailand, marking the first success of a national microgrid policy introduced in 2018. Commissioned in March, the project serves the energy needs of some 5,000 houses or around 50,000 people in the mountainous Maehongsorn Province in northern Thailand. Developed by Gunkul, the project is called … [Read more...]

Energy Access Fund to Boost Development of Off-Grid Microgrids and Minigrids

A new energy access fund has been launched in a bid to promote and support the development of microgrids and other measures across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. The Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) is backed by a partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors. Managed by Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA), its … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Model for South African Coal

South African state-owned energy giant Eskom has outlined plans to boost its clean energy ambitions with a foray into microgrid development. According to statements from Andre de Ruyter, chief executive of Eskom Holdings, the company plans to accelerate its transition away from coal, which currently provides the bulk of its generation … [Read more...]

UK Minting It in Microgrids

The Royal Mint at Llantrisant in Wales has signed a tender agreement with renewable energy company Infinite to install an integrated energy and microgrid development — what Infinite calls a local energy center. Formed in 2010 to develop merchant wind power and now expanding into microgrids, Infinite plans to integrate local energy … [Read more...]

IKEA to Build Large Solar Plus Storage Microgrid in Australia

Iconic retail giant IKEA is set to help power a microgrid initiative in South Australia. Part of a switch to 100% renewable energy, IKEA will tie in large-scale solar with storage capacity. IKEA’s Adelaide store will be powered with a 1.2 MW roof-top solar PV installation and 3.4 MWh of electricity storage, but the system will also support a … [Read more...]