The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

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

Tanzania’s Mini-grids and the Pitfalls and Potential of the Pan-Africa Microgrid Market

Tanzania’s mini-grids

Eliminating energy poverty looms large among the 17 main goals that make up the UN’s strategic sustainable development agenda. Sub-Saharan Africa, where more people lack access to electrical power than any other major world region, is a focal point for associated efforts. Mini and microgrids are playing a growing role. More than 70 percent of … [Read more...]

Mozambique Presents $500M Plan for Off-Grid, Mini-Grid and Microgrid Projects

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Mozambique recently presented foreign investors with the opportunity to participate in the development of up to $500 million in off-grid renewable energy, including mini-grid and microgrid projects, in remote communities across 10 provinces. Introduced by the Mozambique Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy on September 20, the program comes … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Seeks Input for its 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

microgrid market opportunity

A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

Australian State to issue $15.8M Microgrid RFP and Opportunities from NREL and USTDA

microgrid RFP

Victoria, Australia plans microgrid RFP The government of Victoria, Australia, says it will issue a microgrid RFP that offers $15.8 million over four years for demonstration projects that use renewable energy, energy storage and demand management technologies. The state plans to seek expressions of interest in May or June, and will followup … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrid Projects on the Rise; Market Attracts Tesla

remote microgrid projects

Tesla and other energy storage players see a rising market for remote microgrid projects in what’s shaping up to be an “important year of ground-laying,” says a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The companies are installing battery-based microgrids to replace diesel energy on far-flung islands or to bring clean and steady … [Read more...]

Getting Personal with Green & Mobile Energy Storage

EcoFlow Mobile Battery Storage

When Eli Harris co-founded EcoFlow Tech, his goal was to produce a green and mobile energy storage system that could serve as a mobile power station for consumers needing more than a phone charge. “I wanted to take an industrial amount of power and put it in the consumer market,” said the co-founder and CEO of the company. “There were no … [Read more...]

Facebook and Microsoft Seed $50M Fund for Energy Access Microgrids

energy access microgrids

Facebook and Microsoft are seeding a new $50 million investment fund to create profitable business models for energy access microgrids in areas of the world that lack electricity. Launched April 3, the Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will initially focus on projects over 5 kW in India, Indonesia and East Africa. Alexia Kelly, CEO of … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Features Aquion Battery at South African Luxury Camp

solar plus storage microgrid

A new solar plus storage microgrid will bring clean energy to a South African nature resort with the help of a salt water battery system by Aquion Energy. Located in Kruger National Park, the luxury nature lodge is reducing its reliance on diesel generation with the help of Aquion’s Aspen batteries. The Aspen battery uses an environmentally … [Read more...]

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

defines microgrids

Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]