CrossBoundary Energy Access Raises $16 Million to Finance 190 Solar Minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa

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CrossBoundary Energy Access is investing an initial $16 million of capital to finance about 190 solar minigrids, each with a capacity of 6 kW-1 MW, across Sub-Saharan Africa. All told, the minigrids will bring electricity to nearly 34,000 off-grid, rural households and businesses -- about 70,000 people who now lack energy access, according … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s Utility Calls for Making the Island into Eight Minigrids

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Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island's electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to … [Read more...]

CleanGrid Partners to Build a $100 Million Microgrid Portfolio in Southeast Asia

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A new force emerged in the Southeast Asia microgrid market this week with the announcement by Singapore's CleanGrid Partners that it plans to create a $100 million microgrid portfolio in the next three to four years. An estimated 125 million people in Southeast Asia lack access to reliable and affordable electricity services, making it a … [Read more...]

Toshiba to Supply its Microgrid Controller for Maldives Project

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A subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has won a contract to install its microgrid controller and energy management system in a 10-MW hybrid microgrid on the Maldives' Hithadhoo Island. Hithadhoo Island, which forms part of the Maldives' remote Addu Atoll, has its own, independent power grid. The microgrid will serve as the grid's new … [Read more...]

Counting Microgrids, Southeast Asia Investment & Valuing DERs

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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

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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...]