The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

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

Winch Energy Lands $16 Million for African Solar Minigrids

London-based Winch Energy landed $16 million in funding, through a new financing platform, for solar minigrid projects in 49 villages in Uganda and Sierra Leone. The deal represents the largest ever minigrid financing portfolio, according to Winch, which is owned by Winch Partners, Total Eren, Al Gihaz Holding and ITOCHU Europe. The … [Read more...]

GreenStruxure Teams with Energy Advisory Company…Beyond the Grid Fund Opens Call for Microgrids in Mozambique

GreenStruxure joins forces with energy advisory company on microgrids for medium-size buildings GreenStruxure, the joint venture between Schneider Electric and private equity firm Huck Capital, has formed a microgrid partnership with a Texas-based retail energy advisory service. TruEnergy will work with GreenStruxure to offer … [Read more...]

How Much Energy is Enough for Each of Us? New Report Calls for a Minimum Standard 

The idea that everyone should have access to sufficient energy lies at the heart of the microgrid proposition.  People may experience energy deficiencies because of poverty, geography or calamity. It may be a daily condition, as we see in parts of Africa, or a temporary condition brought on by storms or wildfires, as is more common in North … [Read more...]

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...]