The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

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

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...]

Renewvia Energy Builds Minigrids in Nigeria, with an Eye to Grow Across Africa

Renewvia Energy is building solar-based minigrids in southern Nigeria under an agreement with an investing company that aims to spur off-grid energy development in the country. The effort is part of Renewvia’s plans to expand microgrid development in Africa, a continent with large areas that have poor or non-existent electricity … [Read more...]

Synchronizing Agriculture and Distributed Energy Can Reduce Nigeria’s Oil Dependency

The Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) Olatunde Okeowo and Andrew Allee explore how synching agriculture and distributed energy can cut down on Nigeria's oil dependency, increase energy access and save rural residents money.  What if it was possible to boost both national and local economies while increasing energy access and saving rural … [Read more...]

How BUGS Leave an Opening for Solar Plus Storage Globally

A major opportunity exists for small, solar plus storage systems to replace gasoline or diesel backup generators that cause detriment to the environment worldwide, according to research funded by an arm of the World Bank Group. Between 1 to 2 billion people do not have access to a reliable power grid, making back-up generation systems (BUGS) … [Read more...]