We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?

100 percent renewable

US energy researchers and a group of energy, public policy and labor interests in Puerto Rico last week issued a plan to put the island on a path towards 100 percent renewable energy. With power costs at 23 cents/kWh, it makes economic sense to develop generation that's not subject to fossil fuel price volatility and long power outages, … [Read more...]

Renewvia Completes Two Kenya Microgrids, Positions for Growth in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

Renewvia has completed two Kenya microgrids on islands in Lake Victoria and expects to bring a third online soon as part of its larger strategy to light up rural Africa. The Atlanta, Georgia company is positioning to develop 43 solar-storage systems in Kenya and neighboring Uganda and Nigeria, CEO Trey Jarrard told Microgrid … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

New York Floats Plan to More than Double Community Distributed Generation

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New York is outstripping the nation in development of community distributed generation, and now it’s got a plan to more than double installations. Also known as shared renewables, community solar or solar gardens, the approach creates communal local energy meant largely to benefit apartment dwellers, those with shady roofs or other … [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...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another … [Read more...]

The Microgrids Worked as Puerto Rico’s Grid Went Down Again

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Reports from sources on the ground show that new microgrids and nanogrids in Puerto Rico proved their worth last week, providing resilient power in the wake of an island-wide grid outage April 18. Still struggling to bring parts of the island back from September's Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was plunged into darkness when a contractor's truck … [Read more...]

Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

Mini-Grids Foolhardy No Longer, Husk Power Raises $20M via Engie, Shell & Swedfund

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With a $20 million venture capital infusion for their mini-grids, Husk Power Systems is pressing forward with its mission to electrify rural communities, much like the one in India where the company's founder grew up. From new headquarters in Colorado, the 10-year-old company is advancing a mini-grid technology that uses organic agricultural … [Read more...]

Microgrids Among Winners of $20M in Energy Storage Grants from Massachusetts

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Several microgrids are among the more than two dozen winning projects that will share $20 million in energy storage grants announced today by Massachusetts. Reflecting the reality of today’s market, battery technology dominated the winners list, although some projects also employ thermal and flywheel storage. Use of battery storage has … [Read more...]