The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

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

US Development Bank to Invest $2B to Overcome Energy Poverty in Partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation

The US International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) plans to invest up to $2 billion, and The Rockefeller Foundation up to $50 million, to end energy poverty by expanding development of distributed energy systems, including minigrids. The two organizations announced a memorandum of understanding today to work together to bring reliable … [Read more...]

Husk Power Systems Reaches 100-Minigrid Milestone

Husk Power Systems, an off-grid energy provider, has completed more than 100 community minigrids and provided power for 5,000 small business customers in Asia and Africa, according to a company's announcement. It also says that the company expects to serve new African markets soon, including Nigeria. The 100 minigrids in India and Tanzania each … [Read more...]

Abengoa to Build Microgrid with Vanadium Flow Batteries at South African Mine

Bushveld Energy, a vanadium energy storage solutions provider, has selected Abengoa to construct Africa's first megawatt scale hybrid microgrid with flow batteries for the Vametco mine in South Africa. Abengoa, a Spanish multinational company in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, will engineer, supply and construct a 3.5 MW solar … [Read more...]

Global Himalayan Expedition Wins Top Microgrid Greater Good Award

Microgrid Knowledge today named Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) as the top prize winner in its 2020 Microgrid Greater Good Award competition.  The India-based company won the award for a solar microgrid in Batambis, a remote Himalayan village almost 14,000 feet above sea level, with no roads or electric grid and cut off from the world by … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge to Name Winners of the Microgrid Greater Good Award on Nov. 17

Microgrid Knowledge has unveiled the finalists vying for the annual Microgrid Greater Good Award. Winners will be announced November 17, the kickoff date for Microgrid 2020 Global, a free three-day conference, expected to draw thousands of participants worldwide. Now in its second year, the Microgrid Greater Good Award recognizes microgrids that … [Read more...]

Rapid Microgrid Design Aims to Accelerate Electrification in Rural Areas, Benefit Women

Arizona State University (ASU) researchers have unveiled a rapid microgrid design that aims to cut design costs and speed acceleration of electrification in rural areas and undeveloped countries. ASU is now using the design in Sierra Leone on the coast of West Africa, a project that highlights the benefits of electrification to women and … [Read more...]

Minigrid Company Husk Nabs $5 million in Funding 

Husk Power Systems, a minigrid company that focuses on India and Africa, has received a $5 million investment from FMO, a Dutch development bank. “Not only will the investment be a catalyst for Husk to achieve its ambitious minigrid roll-out plan, it gives us a partner with deep knowledge and experience in scaling innovative energy technology … [Read more...]

Minigrids Could Serve about Half of People without Power: Report

Minigrids can serve about half the people in the world — about 111 million households — who lack electricity by 2030 at a cost of $128 billion, although increased policy support is needed, according to a report. There are about 5,500 minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and small island nations, with some in Latin America, according to State of … [Read more...]

Minigrids: Solutions for Africa’s Energy Challenges

Many people are shocked to learn that there are roughly 700 million people still living without electricity. Most are in countries like Kenya India and Bangladesh. Countries like Kenya are making progress and helping with that progress are technologies like minigrids. Definition of a minigrid Similar to a microgrid, a minigrid provides power … [Read more...]

Renewvia Launches Three Solar Minigrids in Kenya

A Renewvia Energy subsidiary has started operating three solar minigrids in Kenya as part of a program to bring minigrids to the East African nation. Renewvia Energy Kenya and Energising Development, an energy access partnership financed by six European countries, launched minigrids in the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement, the nearby town of … [Read more...]