Financing Microgrids in Haiti, Puerto Rico & Other Developing Communities

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Remote microgrids pay off in the long run by bringing power to developing communities around the world that lack access to electricity. But up-front capital is often unavailable to get the projects underway. Areas of the world with the highest energy poverty are those closest to the equator, giving them the greatest solar generation … [Read more...]

Carson City Council Postpones Decision on Microgrid. Project’s Future Uncertain

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The future of the Carson microgrid remains uncertain following the city council’s failure to act on the project this week, as the deadline looms for a $10 million California Energy Commission (CEC) grant. The Carson city council voted Tuesday to delay until September 4 a decision on whether or not to go forward with the project. At … [Read more...]

Portland Plans Microgrid Statues in Parks. Will Use Pedal-Power

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The city of Portland and three partners have launched a pilot to offer emergency microgrid support in a park statue that will charge cell phones and store emergency supplies. It’s a classic project for this green city, featuring solar, storage and pedal power in a visible, small public park on Portland State University's (PSU) campus. But … [Read more...]

Surprise, Confusion and Now a Closer Look at the Carson Microgrid

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The city council of Carson, California has opted to take a closer look at a community microgrid proposed by Charge Bliss, although the city manager recommended that the project be nixed. With a September deadline looming for a potential $10 million state grant, the council scheduled a workshop on the microgrid for Tuesday, August 14. The … [Read more...]

Will this California City Become a Shining Example for Microgrids or a Cautionary Tale?

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To David Bliss the proposed Carson solar project offers the best of what the microgrid industry offers: a way to help green the energy supply of a disadvantaged community, save it some money, and provide electric reliability. So the founder of Charge Bliss is bewildered by what he’s about to face today: a possible vote by the city council to … [Read more...]

How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

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Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Beat Grid Power Costs in the Developing World

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Community microgrids increasingly appear to be more cost-effective than extending the central grid in the developing world, according to new findings by Bloomberg NEF. With an improved price position, microgrids will serve 34 million of the 238 million households that will be electrified between now and 2030. Another 72 million will install … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

Tribe Seeks Energy Sovereignty With Solar Microgrid, Eco-Village & Utility

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A tribal community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is pursuing energy sovereignty with a solar microgrid, eco-village and Tribal Utility Authority, and to date has received two federal grants to support this effort. The Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corp (MWCDC) hopes to establish energy self-sufficiency that supports its sustainability … [Read more...]