Schneider Electric Teams with Arensis on Blockchain Software for Microgrids

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Schneider Electric and software company Arensis will team up to develop smart microgrids using blockchain to help those in remote areas of the world make electricity transactions. A major player in microgrids, Schneider Electric has already delivered several distributed energy projects with California-based Arensis. The companies will now … [Read more...]

We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?

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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

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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...]

Schneider Fund “Pre-Seeds” Off-Grid Microgrid Tech Developer

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Schneider Electric’s impact investing arm recently led a “pre-seed” funding round that paves the way for Australia startup Okra Solar to expand its off-grid microgrid product into Southeast Asia. Okra Solar offers the Okra Pod -- a systems controller that creates modular microgrids by networking and balancing rooftop solar PV and battery energy … [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...]

The Future Looks Increasingly Electric: Report on 2050

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A report issued today by DNV GL finds electricity consumption rising worldwide by 2050, transmission and distribution systems expanding, and a continuing role for microgrids. Electricity generation will account for 45 percent of all energy demand by 2050, more than double the current rate, according to DNV GL’s “Energy Transition Outlook … [Read more...]

Inside the Rockefeller Foundation’s $20 Million Plan to Improve Energy Access in India

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The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced it will invest $20 million to expand energy access in rural India over the next three years. Off-grid renewable minigrids, as microgrids are known in India, figure prominently in the foundation's plans. Smart Power India, a program launched by the foundation in 2015, intends to bring sustainable … [Read more...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Colorado Company Jump-starts Mini-Grid Development in Africa

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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...]