Minigrids in Nigeria: A $20B Business Opportunity for the Greater Good

Nigeria

Minigrids represent a $20 billion business opportunity in Nigeria and a chance to improve the lives of over half the population that remain without electricity, according to a report released today. Prepared by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the report focuses on how lack of electricity impedes business … [Read more...]

A New Microgrid in Silicon Valley…AI+Virtual Power in California…Funding from Washington State

Silicon Valley microgrid

Bloom Energy to supply Silicon Valley microgrid Fuel cell company Bloom Energy will provide primary power for a Silicon Valley microgrid that will serve a precision manufacturing company. A subsidiary of materials supplier JSR Corporation, JSR Micro will use the microgrid to avert escalating energy costs and avoid power outages, according … [Read more...]

Air Force Seeks Information on How it Can Improve Energy Resilience

energy resilience

The Air Force is doing market research on energy resilience as part of a larger effort through 2030 to also optimize demand and assure supply, a plan that includes microgrids. Its Office of Energy Assurance (OEA) issued an open request for information (RFI) last week that seeks industry guidance in collecting technical and financial data, as … [Read more...]

Mitsui & Co Takes Equity Stake in Sempra’s PXiSE Energy Solutions

PXiSE

Global giant Mitsui & Co has acquired up to 20 percent of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, in a move that is expected to accelerate the software company’s microgrid play. Announced today, the multi-million dollar investment deal brings Mitsui’s sales and marketing reach to PXiSE’s high-speed software, designed for … [Read more...]

California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

customer choice

Given its influence, it’s never a pretty sight when California goes astray on energy policy. The energy crisis of 2000-01 still looms large. Its rolling blackouts and skyrocketing costs impaired America’s then nascent customer choice movement. But fast forward nearly two decades and customer choice is reborn -- although not in the way the … [Read more...]

Colorado Company Jump-starts Mini-Grid Development in Africa

mini-grid

Looking to boost badly needed decentralized energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, a business-to-business microgrid company in Boulder, Colo. says it has jump-started a pipeline of more than 550 mini-grid projects via its web-based project management software. Odyssey Energy Solutions is streamlining development of mini-grids (the term used in Africa … [Read more...]

Making Way for Wholesale Distributed Generation: Not for the Faint of Heart

WDG

Craig Lewis, founder and executive director, the Clean Coalition, is taking on the formidable task of galvanizing policy support in California for wholesale distributed generation, or WDG. This means nothing short of changing the way transmission costs are considered. In addition, the Clean Coalition is advocating for the use of feed-in … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

virtual power plant

Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]

Powerhive and Sun Exchange Aim to Invest $23M in Microgrids for Kenya & Sub-Saharan Africa

solar-storage microgrids

Two pioneering players in Africa's fast-emerging, distributed solar energy industry are working together with the aim of funding off-grid, solar-storage microgrids across rural Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. Backed with capital from Caterpillar Ventures, First Solar and the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation, Berkeley, … [Read more...]

Cyclone Power Technologies Enters $11M PPA for its 1st Microgrid

Cyclone Power Technologies

Cyclone Power Technologies is forging ahead into the microgrid industry with a sizable potential investment. The energy tech company is entering into a 10-year, $11 million dollar power purchase agreement (PPA) for its first microgrid. The microgrid, which will be designed to provide over 3 MW of electricity, has a scheduled installation … [Read more...]