Australian Government Launches $50 Million Microgrid Funding Round

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The Australian government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, late last week boosted the nation's growing microgrid market with a new fund, as described by Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid. A $50 million fund to support the development of off-grid and fringe-of-grid stand-alone power systems around Australia has been launched by … [Read more...]

Kenya Continues Rollout of Off-Grid Minigrids

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Kenya's government continues to forge ahead with an ambitious initiative for universal electrification and distributed energy, with state utility Kenya Power and Lighting (KPLC) launching a $6.7 million plan for 23 off-grid minigrids, the term used for microgrids in Africa. Twenty-seven solar-diesel minigrids are already up and running in … [Read more...]

Southeast Asian Eco-Resorts Drawn to Microgrids by Favorable Economics

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Eco-resorts in Southeast Asia are installing microgrids to keep the lights on and the tourists coming as economic terms increasingly favor renewable energy over stand-alone diesel generators. An eco-resort in the Maldives, for example, has operated a 4.1 MW off-grid microgrid since October 2016 to serve an average 63% of electricity demand … [Read more...]

Zimbabweans Turn to Minigrids in Droves Amid Chronic Blackouts

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It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that's the case in Zimbabwe where businesses and well-off residents are reportedly turning to off-grid minigrids and on-site solar, small wind and hydro-plus-storage systems in droves amid grid outages that can last 18 hours a day. The average cost per connection for minigrids in … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps North Carolina Island Recover from Hurricane Dorian’s Devastating Blow

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Thanks to its microgrid, North Carolina's Ocracoke Island was able to restore power three days after Hurricane Dorian sent a tidal wave smashing into its coast line, causing massive flooding. Initially, both the grid and the microgrid went out of operation when the hurricane struck September 6, and flood waters rose 13 feet. Local service … [Read more...]

Microgrids Already on their Way to the Bahamas…Just Not Fast Enough

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Often communities don’t even start to think about microgrids until after a disaster, giving rise to the adage ‘follow the carnage’ to describe a common path to microgrid development. But in the Bahamas, if there is any good news, it’s that microgrids were already on their way before Hurricane Dorian. The head start is a result of … [Read more...]

Researchers Propose Floating Microgrids Made up of Electric Boats

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Electric boats may enable floating microgrids that could serve islands that have historically been powered by fossil fuels, according to a report from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. “Powering small islands with reliable, affordable and green electricity is a big challenge due to their dispersed … [Read more...]

Microgrids Made Easier — and Smarter — with Software that uses Artificial Intelligence

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Good things don't always come easily. Microgrids are no exception. "The process of developing microgrids can be costly. It begins with a feasibility study reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars, even before any design, procurement and installation," said Kay Aikin, CEO of US-based Introspective Systems."Moreover, those feasibility studies … [Read more...]

Water but No Grid: A Microgrid Solves Dilemma for UAE Agricultural Operation

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There was water, but no electric grid at the site Themar Al Emarat chose for its new hydroponic farm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agricultural company found the solution in a 5.94 MW off-grid microgrid. Key to the farm's success is the ability to cool and chill water for cultivating mushrooms, lettuce and other crops for local … [Read more...]

Ontario First Nation Sets Clean Energy Milestone with Microgrid

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Gull Bay First Nation and utility partner Ontario Power Generation (OPG) set a clean energy milestone for off-grid Canadian indigenous communities recently with the commissioning of a hybrid solar-plus-storage microgrid. The $6 million system has the capacity to meet the entire community's electricity needs for 11-12 hours per day when … [Read more...]