Mining Toolkit Helps Clean Energy Industry Protect Profit, People and Planet

Clean energy’s gold rush for minerals used to manufacture electric vehicles, solar and other systems is not always sustainable and sometimes employs questionable labor practices, says a group that has released a mining toolkit to help the industry develop best practices. The Energy Resources Governance Initiative’s (ERGI) toolkit aims to … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Four Examples of Local Energy that Improves Lives

Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to … [Read more...]

Traveling the Toughest Miles to Bring Light: the Manipur Microgrid Project

Some microgrids are easy to install; others not so much. The Manipur microgrids found in remote India fall on the far side of ‘not so much.’ Workers trekked many miles of steep, mountainous, often unpaved terrain to install inverterless, DC solar-storage microgrids in 3,026 homes across 112 villages in 10 districts spread out over a large … [Read more...]

India’s Largest Power Company Plans 10,000 Microgrids, Swelling the Global Count

India's largest integrated power company, Tata Power, plans to set up 10,000 renewable microgrids by 2026, more than double the number of microgrid projects identified in the world today. In unveiling the plan Monday, Tata Power said the scale of the endeavour will make the company the largest microgrid developer and operator in the … [Read more...]

Panasonic and Indian Utility Team up to Roll Out Urban Microgrids

Panasonic and Indian electricity utility group BYPL recently installed four solar-plus-storage-based urban microgrids on rooftops at the utility's offices in the Delhi region, piloting what development partners expect will be many more to come. The partnership's microgrids offer 5-7 kW of solar with daily battery energy storage capacity … [Read more...]

Rural Electrification: Not Only Lights, but Jobs

Minigrids and distributed renewable energy (DRE) promise to create much-needed employment as rural electrification ramps up in Nigeria, India and Kenya, according to a study, Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce. The report comes from Power for All, an organization of 250 business, finance, research and civil society … [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...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Teams with Arensis on Blockchain Software for Microgrids

Schneider Electric and software company Arensis will team up to develop smart microgrids using blockchain to help those in remote areas of the world make electricity transactions. A major player in microgrids, Schneider Electric has already delivered several distributed energy projects with California-based Arensis. The companies will now … [Read more...]