The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Africa including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

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...]

Community Microgrids Beat Grid Power Costs in the Developing World

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Community microgrids increasingly appear to be more cost-effective than extending the central grid in the developing world, according to new findings by Bloomberg NEF. With an improved price position, microgrids will serve 34 million of the 238 million households that will be electrified between now and 2030. Another 72 million will install … [Read more...]

Powerhive and Sun Exchange Aim to Invest $23M in Microgrids for Kenya & Sub-Saharan Africa

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Two pioneering players in Africa's fast-emerging, distributed solar energy industry are working together with the aim of funding off-grid, solar-storage microgrids across rural Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. Backed with capital from Caterpillar Ventures, First Solar and the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation, Berkeley, … [Read more...]

Younicos Becomes Latest Company to Offer Microgrid-as-a-Service

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The microgrid-as-a-service model continues to gain traction, now with German-based Younicos and its parent Aggreko moving into the space. Approaches vary, but generally microgrid-as-a-service spares the customer from making an upfront capital outlay for the system. Instead, a third-party owns the microgrid and sells service to the customer, … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]

Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

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If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak problems in … [Read more...]

Seeking the Right Business Model for Sub-Saharan Africa’s $11B Mini-grid Opportunity

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Work is underway by a new Rockefeller Foundation-backed lab to test mini-grid business models for Sub-Saharan Africa, where the technology could cost-effectively serve 100 million people, representing an $11 billion opportunity. In all, about 600 million people in the area do not have electricity, a problem being tackled by the Mini-Grid … [Read more...]

Bringing Stability to War-Torn Somalia with Solar Microgrids

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Beleaguered by famine, terrorism and war, Somalia has the added burden of some of the highest energy costs in the world. But now relief is coming in the form of solar microgrids for refugees and communities thanks to an East African company. SolarGen Technologies is on a mission to help stabilize the country of 12 million people, using solar … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

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If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

Doing Good with Microgrids in Africa and India

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EnSync Energy offers microgrids in East Africa Serving a growing need for microgrids in East Africa, EnSync Energy Systems has brought to the market a stand-alone system. Its first solar and battery storage project is located in an area with no utility or supporting infrastructure. The  microgrid will provide energy for a community that … [Read more...]