64 Percent of New Energy Investments Must go to Off-grid and Microgrid Solutions

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In 2015, only about 23 percent of Kenya’s 45,500,000 people have access to electricity, and this problem is particularly pronounced in rural areas of the East African country, where electrification drops to a staggering 4 percent. It’s clear that the question is not whether or not something needs to be done — it is unconscionable to leave people living in energy poverty. Rather, the issue is how do we start delivering energy services […]

Commercial and Government Microgrids Summit

Infocast’s Commercial & Government Microgrids Summit, the 7th iteration of its kind, will provide a platform for decision makers from the Federal, State and local levels to outline their microgrids funding opportunities and deployment plans in a number of applications for increasing energy security and grid resiliency. The event will also bring commercial end-users and utilities together with leading renewable energy and microgrid developers, system integrators, energy storage companies, microgrid enabling technology companies […]

ABB and Enertiva Turn on the Lights at Costa Rica’s First Solar-Powered Football Stadium

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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been the inverter supplier of choice for a joint project with Enertiva Energia Alternativa. The project is unique for Central America: for the first time, a solar installation on the roof of a football stadium – and not just any football stadium, but the iconic Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, locally called “La Catedral (the Cathedral) of Costa Rican football”, home of the La Liga […]

Siemens, Blue Lake Rancheria, and Humboldt State University Partner to Install Low-Carbon Microgrid on Native American Reservation

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BLUE LAKE, Calif. — Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, and Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center have partnered with Siemens to build a low-carbon community microgrid to power the government offices, economic enterprises, and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres. The microgrid, funded in part through a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, will be powered by […]

Global Hybrid Grid Market by Application, by Consumption Pattern, and by Geography Forecasts to 2019

NEW YORK — The hybrid microgrid is a combination of the energy sources used to produce a microgrid. In the past, several historical reasons had led to the growing influence of AC technology over DC power systems. However in the present times, increasing technological advancements in power conversion, generation, transmission, and consumption are establishing the stronghold of DC power system once again. This DC power system is expected to prevail strongly in the microgrids, […]

HOMER Energy Assists with Mini-Grid Solar Project in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania– Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency provided a grant to Rex Energy, one of Tanzania’s largest renewable energy solutions providers, for a minigrid project in the Lake Victoria Islands, where only one percent of the population has access to electricity. The grant supports the development of a full-scale business model and financing plan necessary to implement a hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) minigrid with a cumulative capacity of 2 […]

Renewable Energy Can Unlock Socio-Economic Benefits for Islands, IRENA Reports Find

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Locally generated renewable energy would improve energy access and reduce electricity costs for Vanuatu, Fiji and the Marshall Islands Developing the vast renewable energy resources of Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for their citizens, according to three reports released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewables Readiness Assessments for the three island nations find that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel could […]

Pacific Island Countries and Territories Explore Pathways to Transform Energy Systems

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In an ongoing effort to solve the region’s significant energy challenges, Pacific Island countries and territories and development partners are meeting this week (July 21 to 23) in Honolulu to share experiences on increasing the use of renewable energy. Key speakers will discuss comprehensive approaches to energy sector transformation, including the importance of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks, capacity building, and financing. The workshop will examine a number of Pacific case studies, such […]

Energy and Mines Summit: Renewables, Energy Efficiency & Carbon Reduction for Mines

Renewables, energy efficiency and carbon mitigation for mines Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 22-23, 2015 The mining sector is facing a tough business environment with low commodity pricing, rising energy costs and constraints, increasingly remote locations and heightened stakeholder opposition. In this environment, the need to reduce operational power costs and gain stakeholder buy-in is critical to mining’s success. Energy and Mines’ 3rd Annual Toronto Summit will bring together the mining leaders and renewable […]

Intersolar North America 2015 Kicks Off in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, July 14, 2015— As the North American solar energy market looks toward another record-breaking year, a standing-room only audience packed the Grand Ballroom at San Francisco’s InterContinental Hotel to hear fresh insights on the challenges and opportunities impacting the industry during the keynote session of Intersolar North America, the solar industry’s most-attended exhibition and conference dedicated to the North American market. “As the first major industry show in the United States each […]