Counting Microgrids, Southeast Asia Investment & Valuing DERs

how many microgrids

How many microgrids are there exactly? Navigant Research continues to doggedly track down just how many microgrids there are worldwide, recently bringing its database up to 2,258 projects. The Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q18 also found that planned and installed microgrid capacity is 19,575.0 MW. Utility microgrids account of 40 … [Read more...]

How to Keep Africa’s Minigrids from Becoming a Bridge to Nowhere

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A push is on to bring electricity to the nearly one billion people who lack it worldwide. But if you build it will they come? Apparently not, as some minigrid developers are finding in Sub-Saharan Africa. Electricity does little good for those who have nothing to plug in. And unfortunately that’s too often the case in remote areas with new … [Read more...]

Storage is the Boss for Utility-Scale Microgrid Yielding 70% Renewables

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A utility-scale microgrid that uses energy storage has slashed the use of diesel fuel and allowed for up to 70 percent renewables to serve a Portuguese Island, Graciosa. The microgrid is made up of a 6-MW, 3.5-MWh battery system from Switzerland-based Leclanché, about 1.5 MW of wind energy, 3 MW of solar and an existing diesel system that … [Read more...]

PXiSE Aims to Create “Federation of Microgrids” in Australia with DERMS

Federation of Microgrids

Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australia towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. Many of the isolated towns now have mini-grids or microgrids, each about 1 MW in size, that burn up to 95 percent diesel, said Patrick Lee, president of … [Read more...]

BIRD Energy Funds Joint Israeli-U.S. Project to Streamline Microgrid Feasibility Work

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BIRD Energy plans to invest $6 million to help fund seven clean energy technology projects, including one to streamline the bottleneck associated with microgrid feasibility studies. Part of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, BIRD Energy has been awarding grant funding for projects proposed … [Read more...]

Partners in Colorado and Rwanda Join Forces to Realize Rural Electrification

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Researchers at the University of Rwanda and Colorado State University's (CSU) Energy Institute have joined forces to create microgrids that will provide energy access to rural, off-grid communities in Rwanda and across Sub-Saharan Africa. Rwanda's government estimates that only 20 percent of the population has access to reliable, safe … [Read more...]

School Microgrids Create Stability for Children in Puerto Rico

school microgrids

Economics often decide the fate of a microgrid proposal. Sometimes, however, the calculator gets set aside when the project has a strong humanitarian purpose. Such is the case with a program launched by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Save the Children to build school microgrids in Puerto Rico. The program emerged after RMI began … [Read more...]

ENGIE EPS Creates Harmony, Billed as the World’s Largest Microgrid

world's largest microgrid

ENGIE EPS recently launched what the company bills as the world's largest microgrid project -- a 100-MW solar-storage platform* that will be capable of meeting all of the Micronesian island of Palau's power needs. It isn't surprising that the company chose Palau for the project. Island states struggle more than others to deal with the threat … [Read more...]

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?

100 percent renewable

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...]