Look Who’s Speaking at Microgrid 2021!

Microgrid 2021 is fast approaching with thousands of audience members already registered to hear some of the top thinkers in the industry discuss why microgrid technology is fast becoming vital to those who value reliable, cost-effective and sustainable energy. A virtual gathering, "Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids" offers lively … [Read more...]

Built With Frugal Innovation, Solar Microgrids Improve Medical Care in the Himalayas

In remote villages in the Himalayas, medical centers often lack critical medical equipment, refrigerators for vaccines and dependable electricity for light and other essentials. But Paras Loomba intends to change that, bringing solar microgrids to medical centers, which will allow for vaccine storage, baby warmers, ventilators and other items that … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]