The Microgrid Knowledge South America Channel

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

IKEA Foundation and Rockefeller to Infuse $1 Billion into Global Electrification

The IKEA Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed by the founder of furniture giant IKEA, and The Rockefeller Foundation have set up a $1 billion platform to develop minigrids and other decentralized energy projects for the 3.6 billion people with unreliable electricity or none at all. Announced Monday, the program aims to reduce 1 … [Read more...]

Tesla Cited for Air Pollution Violations. Its Penalty? Build a Community Microgrid

Tesla has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty and build a community microgrid in a settlement reached last week with a California air quality board. The settlement covers 33 air quality notices issued by the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District for activity at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility, where it builds electric … [Read more...]

Microgrids Win Funding Boost in US Pandemic Relief Bill

The US Congress passed a pandemic relief bill late Monday night that includes funding for microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy. The spending package includes the Energy Act of 2020, which contains consensus provisions from Senate and House energy legislation, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Dec. … [Read more...]

Industry Bullish on Future of Microgrid Market Over Next 10 Years

The microgrid industry is bullish about the future of the microgrid market over the next 10 years, expecting the energy as a service model and modular microgrids to grow quickly worldwide. But in the US, regulatory challenges create hurdles,  said speakers Tuesday during the second day of the Microgrid 2020 Global Conference. “If we lay the … [Read more...]

Cat Supplies Equipment for Microgrid at Peru Mine

A Peruvian energy company is using Caterpillar equipment for a microgrid recently installed at a copper mine.  An energy company owned by Ferrycorp, a Peruvian conglomerate, commissioned the project in the second quarter at the Agromin La Bonita underground copper mine in Acarí, Peru, Bob Chase, a Caterpillar spokesman, said September 10. The … [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...]

North America Now Top Microgrid Market due to Installations by Businesses

North America is now the top microgrid market, largely due to installation of commercial & industrial (C&I) microgrids, according to a new report by Guidehouse Insights, previously Navigant Research. The report found 6,610 microgrids projects worldwide, representing 31,784.6 MW of capacity, as of the first quarter of this … [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...]

Microgrids Installed at 10 Puerto Rico Schools

In Puerto Rico, 3,600 children will now study in buildings with secure electricity thanks to the installation of school microgrids by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. The microgrids were installed in 10 schools, many of which had no power for six months after hurricane Maria destroyed the island's … [Read more...]