Duke Energy’s Green Microgrids Run Smoothly through Storm

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Two green microgrids operated by Duke Energy rode through a weakened Hurricane Irma with no hiccups, while customers experienced outages close by. The first, the Mt. Sterling solar plus  storage remote microgrid, serves a communications tower located on National Park Service property in the Great Smoky Mountains on Mt. Sterling, Haywood County, … [Read more...]

Could Alaska’s Microgrids Seed the Globe?

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The chase is on among states to become the economic and technology hub of the growing microgrid industry. California and the Northeast states are neck-and-neck. But watch for a spoiler – Alaska. One could even argue that the Alaska microgrid industry already won. The northern most state boasts 12 percent of the world’s microgrids, making it the … [Read more...]

Wind-Powered Microgrids Tagged for Puerto Rico in Relief Effort

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The microgrid industry continues to rally to help Puerto Rico, with the latest effort coming from makers of distributed wind-powered microgrids. The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) reports that is members are getting ready to send turnkey microgrids to help Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands that lost power as a result of … [Read more...]

Mozambique Presents $500M Plan for Off-Grid, Mini-Grid and Microgrid Projects

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Mozambique recently presented foreign investors with the opportunity to participate in the development of up to $500 million in off-grid renewable energy, including mini-grid and microgrid projects, in remote communities across 10 provinces. Introduced by the Mozambique Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy on September 20, the program comes … [Read more...]

No Fish Story. Tiny Island Lands Big Catch with Microgrid

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Cuttyhunk witnessed New England’s whale oil industry give way to kerosene and incandescent light bulbs. Now the tiny island is deep in another energy revolution -- reducing diesel use by way of a solar plus storage microgrid. With a $2.1 million microgrid in operation since the early spring, the fishing mecca offers good argument for pursuing … [Read more...]

Haiti Microgrid Operator Takes Preventive Steps as Hurricane Irma Nears

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Haiti microgrid operator Sigora Haiti reported Wednesday that it was preparing its facilities to minimize any damage from Hurricane Irma. The micro-utility company provides electricity to more than 8,000 people in northwest Haiti. Irma is expected to skirt the northern coast of Haiti, about 65 miles from the three microgrids: Môle-St-Nicolas, … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids in the Himalayas Offer Lessons for the Rest of Us

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Turns out that some of the world's most remote microgrids offer lessons useful to the rest of us, as Alexander Hogeveen Rutter, professional engineer, explains in this article about the Global Himalayan Expedition's work. This year, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) continued its success by electrifying Shadé, one of the most remote villages in … [Read more...]

ABB Microgrid to Integrate Wind and Solar on Aruba

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Aruba plans to install an ABB microgrid to integrate the island’s renewables, a feat accomplished by a microgrid’s controller or ‘brain.’ Microgrids are increasingly being deployed for this purpose in places, like Aruba, that are striving to make renewables a greater part of their mix. The Dutch Caribbean island wants to reduce use of … [Read more...]

Australian Microgrid Project Hits Snag Over Wind Farm Visuals

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes opposition to an Australian microgrid project because of the visual impact of its wind turbines. Plans to install a hybrid renewable energy plus battery storage microgrid at New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island, and slash its diesel fuel use, have hit a major political snag, after the federal … [Read more...]