Minigrids Could Serve about Half of People without Power: Report

Minigrids can serve about half the people in the world — about 111 million households — who lack electricity by 2030 at a cost of $128 billion, although increased policy support is needed, according to a report. There are about 5,500 minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and small island nations, with some in Latin America, according to State of … [Read more...]

Military Finds Integrating Storage into Microgrids Improves Performance, Lowers Costs

Integrating energy storage into microgrids can improve reliability and reduce costs on military bases that can take advantage of wholesale power markets and tax incentives, according to a report written for the US Department of Defense. The study — Design, Modeling, and Control of Hybrid Energy Storage System for Defense Installation Microgrids … [Read more...]

Renewvia Launches Three Solar Minigrids in Kenya

A Renewvia Energy subsidiary has started operating three solar minigrids in Kenya as part of a program to bring minigrids to the East African nation. Renewvia Energy Kenya and Energising Development, an energy access partnership financed by six European countries, launched minigrids in the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement, the nearby town of … [Read more...]

Australian Government Awards $13.2 million for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

The Australian government has awarded about $13.2 million (U.S.) for microgrid feasibility studies as part of a growing effort to bolster grid reliability and provide electricity in unserved areas across the continent. The June 5 awards were the first to be made by the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, which intends to … [Read more...]

Renewvia Energy Builds Minigrids in Nigeria, with an Eye to Grow Across Africa

Renewvia Energy is building solar-based minigrids in southern Nigeria under an agreement with an investing company that aims to spur off-grid energy development in the country. The effort is part of Renewvia’s plans to expand microgrid development in Africa, a continent with large areas that have poor or non-existent electricity … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Order Clean Energy Solicitation to Reduce Wildfire Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission should require Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to issue a clean energy solicitation this summer to reduce the effects of wildfire-related power shutoffs, according to Tesla and other stakeholders who are participating in a state microgrid proceeding. The call for the solicitation is in … [Read more...]

Sunverge to Install Nanogrid-style Virtual Power Plant for Maryland Utility

Sunverge Energy has landed a contract to build a residential virtual power plant (VPP) for Delmarva Power in Maryland, using a nanogrid controller platform. The $4 million Elk Neck project includes 0.55 MW of behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage that can deliver 2.2 MWh before needing to be recharged. The project grew out of a request for … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrid Built by Alliant Energy Cuts Utility Costs by Half

Alliant Energy has built a remote microgrid to power a Wisconsin state park as a less expensive alternative to replacing an overhead power line. The microgrid at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) site could become a model for other Alliant microgrids, according to Michael Graves, Alliant senior engineer. “We’ll monitor how … [Read more...]

NARUC Issues Reports on Using Distributed Resources to Improve Grid Resilience

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has released a report on how distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids can improve grid resilience along with a guide state regulators can use to review proposed projects. “With more threats to the distribution grid, strategically placing generation resources or … [Read more...]

US Federal Lab Seeks Data on Direct Current Microgrids, Lighting

A U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory is seeking market data about direct current lighting and DC building microgrid controllers to help guide its research efforts. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory issued requests for information from manufacturers and solution providers to understand the state of the two technologies and … [Read more...]