Energy Access Fund to Boost Development of Off-Grid Microgrids and Minigrids

A new energy access fund has been launched in a bid to promote and support the development of microgrids and other measures across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. The Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) is backed by a partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors. Managed by Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA), its … [Read more...]

Webinar Today! Lessons from Successful Remote Microgrids

Successfully launching and operating a remote microgrid requires planning and foresight, and for those that haven't done it before, the task can seem daunting. But there are a number of best practices that experienced microgrid installers and operators have learned over the years — sometimes the hard way. It's important to understand that the … [Read more...]

FEMA Seeks Microgrids as Biden Channels $3.5 Billion to Agency for Disaster Relief

The Biden administration is dedicating a “historic” $3.5 billion to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery program and the funds can be used to build microgrids. As part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the funding is designated for hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations … [Read more...]

APA Group Builds Hybrid Microgrid for Australian Mine

APA Group intends to bring a hybrid microgrid online late this year at the Gruyere Gold Mine in Western Australia. The project will increase the installed capacity at the mine to 64 MW from 45 MW, according to APA, an energy infrastructure company based in Sydney, Australia. In the project’s first phase, APA is adding a twelfth … [Read more...]

Australia Issues $18.8 Million for Remote and Regional Microgrid Projects

RenewEconomy's Michael Mazengarb describes a new round of Australian microgrid funding. Twenty remote and regional microgrid projects have received a funding boost, including communities hit by the destructive bushfires, as part of a new push to boost reliability and  increase the use of renewable energy in regional Australia. A total of … [Read more...]

Understanding Microgrid Project and Operational Requirements

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This second article in the series outlines Step 1: Understanding the Microgrid Project and Operational … [Read more...]

In Landmark Feat, Australian Community Microgrid Runs on 100% Solar Plus Storage

Onslow, a remote town in Western Australia, got all its electricity for 80 minutes from solar power, a first-ever feat that shows how an advanced microgrid controller and a distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) can help communities use increasing amounts of renewable energy without grid stability issues, according to the Horizon … [Read more...]

IKEA Foundation and Rockefeller to Infuse $1 Billion into Global Electrification

The IKEA Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed by the founder of furniture giant IKEA, and The Rockefeller Foundation have set up a $1 billion platform to develop minigrids and other decentralized energy projects for the 3.6 billion people with unreliable electricity or none at all. Announced Monday, the program aims to reduce 1 … [Read more...]

Western Australia Microgrid Moves Town Away from Diesel with Wind and Batteries

One Step Off The Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes an innovative Western Australia microgrid that is reducing a coastal town's reliance on diesel. The remote Western Australia coastal town of Coral Bay is chipping away at its reliance on diesel fuel for power with the addition of a 576kW/343kWh lithium-ion battery system to the community’s … [Read more...]

SimpliPhi Initiative Supports Clean Energy Projects in Haiti, Myanmar

An orphanage in Haiti and a Covid response center in Myanmar will receive energy storage systems through a SimpliPhi Power donation program that aims to provide clean energy to communities in need. The donations are through “IDEA: a campaign to Deliver Energy Access,” an initiative SimpliPhi Power started in January with several … [Read more...]