The Microgrid Knowledge Africa Channel

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

Nigerian Universities Graduate to Off-Grid Microgrids

Four Nigerian universities will soon disconnect from the national grid with off-grid microgrids, as part of a national program to bring microgrids to dozens of universities. A subsidiary of Greece's Mytilineos, METKA Power West Africa is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for phase one of the four Energizing Education … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Announces Date and Venue for Microgrid 2020

Microgrid Knowledge today announced the date and venue of the next annual microgrid industry conference, Microgrid 2020. The international event — the world’s largest microgrid industry conference — will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pa., situated in the Northeast corridor’s vibrant microgrid market and home to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Signs Agreement to Spur Minigrid Electrification in Nigeria

Schneider Electric recently signed an agreement with EM-ONE Energy Solutions, an engineering firm in Nigeria, with the aim of creating an industry ecosystem based on renewable energy-centered minigrids built or operated by community stakeholders. EM-ONE holds a contract to build 30 minigrids to power hospitals in the Nigerian state of … [Read more...]

Investors Call for Results Based Financing of Minigrids in Africa

Minigrids can help Africa achieve universal electrification, but not without better financing, said a group of energy investors in a paper released today. With $2 billion under management and more than 100 minigrids built or in the works, the investors offered to match contributions from government or other donors. They called for funding in … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Microgrid Market to More than Double…Australia Advocacy Group Forms…Nigeria Extends RFP Deadline

Microgrid market to double in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico's microgrid market will more than double by the end of 2024, reaching 228 MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. The report say that firms will compete for $419 million in projects at the top of the market. The US territory now ranks 14 among state markets for microgrid … [Read more...]

Second-Life Electric Vehicle Battery Storage Helps Power Eaton Microgrid in South Africa

An Eaton production facility in Wadeville, South Africa is reducing its energy and operational costs beyond its expectations thanks to a microgrid that uses first and second life electric vehicle batteries. The microgrid is reducing the production facility's monthly utility bill by 40%. Improved manufacturing plant up-time and reductions in … [Read more...]

Solarcentury, Canadian Solar, Caterpillar and Tesla Energize 40,000 Off-Grid African Households and Businesses

Developers and technology companies worldwide continue to focus on electrifying energy-poor areas of Africa. Recent example: 40,000 residents and businesses in the northeast African country of Eritrea now have reliable electricity thanks to two new minigrids. Developed by UK-based Solarcentury, the minigrids (Africa's term for microgrids) … [Read more...]

How to Use Cleaner Diesel in Microgrids

We often think of diesel as dirty, and view renewable microgrids as one way to eliminate the use of diesel and other fossil fuels. However, more and more, diesel-backed microgrids can be cleaner, if they rely on the newer, Tier-4 generators. It all depends on where the power is needed, what fuels are available, and how much the microgrid … [Read more...]

Off-Grid Minigrids to Bring Sustainable Energy to 160,000 in Tanzania

An ambitious project is underway to install minigrids for more than 160,000 off-grid villagers on islands in Lake Victoria. JUMEME Rural Power Supply recently launched phase one to commission by June 11 solar-hybrid minigrids for 20 villages and more than 80,000 villagers. Eleven more minigrids are slated for another 23 villages, 160,000 … [Read more...]

This Microgrid on Wheels will Soon be on the Go for the US Military in Africa

Go Electric’s new microgrid on wheels is a box that four people can lift and commission -- and then move, if needed. The mobile microgrid, now under development, also comes on a trailer. And it can run in silent mode. Best of all, it can reduce the use of diesel and other fossil fuels significantly -- by up to 80 percent while operating … [Read more...]