$200B Forecast, India’s Access Crisis & More Microgrid News 8/23/16 Roundup

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Weekly Microgrid News Roundup, August 23, 2016 This week’s Microgrid News Roundup includes: International initiative plans to significantly reduce electricity costs in rural India’s microgrids within the next 3 years… remote power systems expected to grow from $10.9 billion in 2015 to $196.5 billion in 2024… Santa Monica awarded $1.5 million grant for microgrid project… and more links to the most up-to-date industry news.   Read more about these microgrid news topics…   Santa […]

HPNET: Advancing Micro-hydro Power (Part 2) — A Look Ahead

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Part 2 of an in-depth interview (access Part 1 here) with Dipti Vaghela (left) co-founder of Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET). The organization, founded in 2012, brings practitioners a knowledge platform to advance micro-hydro power.

HPNET: Advancing Micro-hydro Power (Part 1) — Local Community is Key

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The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), co-founded by Dipti Vaghela (left) in 2012, brings practitioners a knowledge exchange platform to advance micro-hydro power. HPNET focuses primarily on “policy, technology, and socio-environmental aspects for sustainability.” Vaghela, who serves as HPNet’s coordinator, talks to Microgrid News & Insight in this first of a two-part interview. In part 1, Vaghela talks about the benefits of micro-hydro and the connection between local communities and project successes.   MGN: Micro-hydro power is […]

Past Energy Access Chief, UN Foundation, to Keynote HOMER International Microgrid Conference

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Former head of energy access for the United Nations Foundation Richenda Van Leeuwen to give keynote address at the HOMER International Microgrid Conference 2016, to take place at Columbia University, New York, on November 7-8.

Philippines Microgrids Bring Sustainable Energy to Villages — A HOMER Pro Case Study

Many communities in The Philippines lack access to reliable, affordable power.Many communities in The Philippines lack access to reliable, affordable power.

Shell Foundation, Philippines, recently hired consultant Silver Navarro to assist its Dutch consultant with an Access to Energy program promoting Philippines microgrids. The program’s purpose is designing an off-grid power system that the community can sustainably operate and maintain to meet its basic electricity requirement. HOMER Pro helped the program make rural microgrids reliable and affordable.

HOMER International Microgrid Conference & Other Event Updates

HOMER-Microgrid-Conference-New-YorkHOMER International Microgrid Conference 2016 to be held in NYC

HOMER International Microgrid Conference 2016, to take place November 7&8 in New York City, is finalizing speaker and agenda information. The conference offers two days worth of content  centered around this year’s theme, Microgrid Lessons from Global Markets.  The conference kicks off with a keynote speech, The New York Reforming Energy Vision Strategy, by Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York Public Service Commission. After the keynote address, attendees  have  two educational morning  sessions, a networking lunch, and two […]

Ending Worldwide Rural Energy Poverty with Clean, Off-grid Solutions: Part 2

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Part 1 of this post addressed the issue of global energy poverty in rural areas: its implications, challenges, and promising developments in African nations and in India. Part 2 addresses off-grid problems in Haiti, potential microgrid solutions in Alaska, and the population-empowering “Minigrid Game.” Haiti struggles with extreme energy poverty Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Seventy-five percent of Haitians lack electricity access and must cook and light their homes with […]

French Microgrids, Utility Industry Chasms, Smart Indian Villages: Microgrid News Roundup

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Weekly Microgrid News, August 5, 2016 This week’s Microgrid News Roundup includes: Minnesota university awarded grant to build microgrid designed for research and technology development… In France, an experimental microgrid shows benefits of local power distribution…, A small village in India, chosen as “smart village:” its hospital, school to benefit from reliable energy… Market strategist asks: How well does the “chasm-crossing” theory fit the power delivery industry?…Encouraging energy storage forecast for 2020…India microgrid projections ambitious but […]

Ending Worldwide Rural Energy Poverty with Clean, Off-grid Solutions: Part 1

House of farmer in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, IndiaHouse of farmer in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

More than 1.2 billion people worldwide lack basic access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 95% of these people are in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia, and 80% are the rural poor. Providing reliable, resilient clean energy to the world’s often remote, off-grid rural communities gives these communities the power (in both senses of the word) to run businesses, create new economic opportunities, and ultimately improve health and sanitation while increasing […]

Solar Flight & More Weekly Microgrid News Highlights from HOMER Energy, Week Ending 7/29/16

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The Flying Microgrid: Solar Impulse Completes Fuel-free Around-the-world Solar Flight Solar Impulse 2 landed its final leg this week, a 100% solar flight from Cairo to Abu Dhabi that completed a one-year journey around the world. With this landing, Solar Impulse became the first airplane to circle the globe using only solar power–and no fuel whatsoever. The aircraft first took off from Abu Dhabi last March and after 17 legs, landed back in […]