Weekly Microgrid News from HOMER Energy — May 26, 2017
Although Africa’s economy is growing strongly and remains a bright spot in the global landscape, access to electricity remains a challenge on the continent, making light and power Africa’s top priority. To change this quickly, AfDB has launched the New Deal on Energy for Africa. The Bank’s goal is to help achieve universal access to electricity within 10 years. To achieve this vision, the institution has rolled out its plan to invest $12 billion in the energy sector over the next five years and leverage $45-50 billion from the private sector. The Bank plans to connect 130 million people to the grid system, 75 million people through off-grid systems, and provide 150 million people with access to clean cooking energy.
A 1.2 MW hybrid plant is currently under development in a remote area of Indonesia to provide 24-hours access to electricity for 400 households in three villages. The local community will own the plant, offering a model for the development of solar PV in the country.
ABB Finland announced this week that it is seeking partners to trial an integrated microgrid solution planned to be widely available by the end of the year. The containerized system uses solar power during the day, switches to battery mode after dark and only uses an AC generator for the rest of the night if the battery runs out. Any excess energy produced during the day is used to charge the batteries. ABB is Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming HOMER International Microgrid Conference 2017.
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