New Strategies to Hasten Microgrid Adoption in Remote Regions

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What will it take to electrify these regions with microgrids, minigrids and nanogrids? This video takes a look at strategies to speed up the process of microgrid adoption in remote regions.

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More than 800 million people worldwide still lack reliable power, most of them in developing countries. What will it take to electrify these regions with microgrids, minigrids and nanogrids? This video takes a look at strategies to speed up the process of microgrid adoption in remote regions.

Oscar Aitchison of Okra Solar shares insights around engineering in a typhoon and deploying community DC nanogrids in southeast Asia. Gwen Holdmann of the University of Alaska discusses how to develop a market for hybrid renewable microgrids from the ground up. Samantha Childress of Schneider Electric talks about providing clean and reliable power for health clinics in Kenya. Jesse Gerstin of SimpliPhi Power talks about rolling out microgrids to 760 communities in Cameroon, and Zihe Meng of RMI rounds out the panel by discussing how to bring energy access to rural Sub-Saharan African communities through minigrids and distributed resources.

Will Heegaard, Operations Director at the Footprint Project moderates this panel discussion.

Featured speakers include:

Engineering & Operations

Oscar Aitchison, Power Systems Engineer, Engineering & Operations, Okra Solar

Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Center for Energy, University of Alaska

Samantha Childress, Solutions Architect Manager, Microgrid & DER, Schneider Electric

Jesse Gerstin

Jesse Gerstin, Director, Sustainable Business Development, SimpliPhi Power

Zihe Meng, Senior Associate African Energy, RMI (formerly Rocky Mountain Institute)

This video was recorded during Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, a virtual conference held over four weeks in May and June of 2021. The event featured more than 60 speakers across 20 sessions and was designed to educate sustainability and facility managers, energy decision-makers and others curious about microgrids. The overarching theme of the conference focused on the energy, financial, and sustainability benefits that microgrids can offer facilities — and society as a whole. Although this was previously recorded, you’ll find many of the examples and insights are timeless in their strategic value.

The sessions were designed to provide insight into business models, financing, government incentives and other microgrid funding. They also provide guidance when choosing technology and development partners for your microgrid project.

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