Lighting African Households with Smartphones


Households in Senegal could soon be able to light their homes using their mobile phones. Two French start-up companies have come up with a new streetlighting system using a smart card which will allow Africans to prepay their electricity. The product called the Nanogrid aims to wean Africans away from traditional polluting sources like kerosene to solar power on a continent where 900 million people don’t have access to electricity. Nanogrids in this context […]

President Obama declares November 2015 as Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month


BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation’s critical infrastructure is central to our security and essential to our economy.  Technology, energy, and information systems play a pivotal role in our lives today, and people continue to rely on the physical structures that surround us.  From roadways and tunnels, to power grids and energy systems, to cybersecurity networks and other digital landscapes, it is crucial that we stay […]

A Bright Future for Microgrids and Distributed Generation in Australia: Microgrid 2015 Wrap


More than 150 highly engaged people from 10 countries attended HOMER Energy’s 3rd and largest annual microgrid conference in Canberra, Australia on October 14 and 15 2015. The meeting kicked off with an inspiring and motivating opening keynote by Simon Corbell, Deputy Minister of the ACT Government and Minister of Environment and Planning. ACT has chosen to be a leader in Australia, with a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025. Minister Corbell […]

Obama Administration Joins with Public and Private Sector to Increase Access to Off-Grid Clean Energy


President Obama is committed to reducing carbon pollution and ensuring that people everywhere can tap into clean sources of energy to power their homes and businesses.  That is why, today, the Administration is announcing new actions to help bring off-grid clean energy systems and energy efficient appliances to the approximate 1.3 billion people without energy access.  Along with other solutions, like grid extension and new energy generation supply investments, off-grid energy systems hold […]

ABB and Microsoft Join Forces to Launch Next-generation Electric Vehicle Charging Services Platform

ZURICH, Switzerland and REDMOND, WA, United States — October 20, 2015 — ABB and Microsoft Corp. announced today the worldwide availability of a new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging services platform. Combining ABB’s leading EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services will ensure stability, global scalability and advanced management features for ABB customers. The collaboration will also take advantage of machine learning and predictive analytic capabilities to drive future innovations. “Platform performance and […]

Groundbreaking Initiative To Create Fleet Of Hybrid-Electric Buildings

NEWPORT BEACH and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Irvine Company announced this week an initiative to become the world’s first major real estate company to create a fleet of hybrid-electric buildings powered by state-of-the-art energy storage systems from Tesla Energy. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the ground-breaking environmental initiative with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS). The Irvine Company—with properties throughout coastal California—will institute a portfolio-wide […]

New IRENA Guide Helps Countries Integrate Larger Share of Renewable Energy

Power sector transformation guide moves countries from renewable energy targets to implementation Tokyo, Japan, 8 October 2015 – A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aims to assist countries in their transition to renewable energy-based power systems. The Age of Renewable Power, released today on the sidelines of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Tokyo, identifies 20 measures that can be taken to support the development of national roadmaps to […]

Africa Can Quadruple Share of Renewable Energy by 2030, IRENA Report Finds

Cape Town, South Africa, 5 October 2015 – The African continent could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Africa 2030 – a comprehensive roadmap for Africa’s energy transition – finds that a combination of modern renewable technology could realistically meet 22 per cent of Africa’s energy needs by 2030, a […]

Clean Energy Mini-Grids recognised in G20 Energy Access Action Plan

The Energy Access Action Plan delivered by the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) to the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group was adopted on October 2 in Istanbul at the G20 Energy Ministers meeting. In particular, it lends its support to collaborative efforts such as those of the SE4All Clean Energy Mini-Grids High Impact Opportunity (HIO) including the Africa-focused Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program. The HIO welcomes the G20’s vision and leadership role […]

What Exactly is a Microgrid?

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What, exactly, is a microgrid? The electricity grid is evolving, moving away from the traditional centralized grid and toward a more-distributed grid utilizing local sources of generation, resulting in more and more microgrids. At the same time, islands and remote communities around the world operate grids that are completely separate from any larger grid, and these are also often referred to as microgrids. In general, microgrids are small power systems that use local […]