2016 was a busy year for Tesla, with several significant Tesla solar developments leading to a variety of responses in the financial and RE sectors. Will the company’s SolarCity purchase and ambitious plans prove successful in 2017? Experts weigh in.
Just two weeks ago, India and the US launched US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) Initiative, designed to help unlock OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corp) financing and promote distributed clean energy projects. The $20 million initiative is expected to address critical challenges and promote development of microgrid, rooftop and off-grid solar, and smaller-scale grid-connected projects. This initiative is only one of many projects taking place in India, a country taking multiple approaches to meet its bold […]
With a unique set of critical energy challenges, Palestine is an ideal environment for off-grid renewable energy and boasts many initiatives and projects, large and small, which are either in the planning stages or operational. This is the second in a two-part series (read Part 1 here). Dire situation in besieged Gaza Strip Gaza’s acute power shortage has been ongoing since the strip’s main power station was bombed 10 years ago. The area’s 1.9 […]
With a unique set of critical energy challenges, Palestine is an ideal environment for off-grid renewable energy and boasts many initiatives and projects, large and small, which are either in the planning stages or operational. This 2-part article (read Part 2 here) discusses Palestine’s energy poverty and power needs and showcases a number of innovative microgrid solutions. Many players are betting Palestinian microgrids (solar and wind) will ease the country’s energy crisis. Palestinians pay the […]
Recently, a group of volunteer engineers from around the world: Australia, Chile, Greece, Holland, Luxembourg, Nepal, Slovakia, South Africa, the U.S. and the UK, trekked to Lingshed to bring light to this remote village by installing 14 Himalayan solar microgrids to its monastery — one of the world’s oldest, its school dormitories, and a computer lab/internet cafe.
Microgrid Industry News — November 15, 2016 New President, New Congress: How Policymakers Can Fix America’s Electricity Infrastructure With a new president and Congress taking office in January, legislation to address America’s deteriorating infrastructure will likely be debated. High on their list of priorities should be new policies encouraging private-sector investment and innovation in the electricity sector, particularly in microgrids and smart meters. Connecticut Governor Advances Commitment to Storm Resiliency with Funding for […]
Microgrid Industry News Highlights November 7, 2016 Electricity to Rural Areas in Kenya and Developing Countries with Pay-as-you-go Microgrids U.S.-based solar developer Renewvia Energy is bringing electricity to rural communities in Kenya and other developing countries through pay-as-you-go solar microgrids. Most of these communities will be experiencing electricity use for the first time. The microgrids will bring power to people and small business in remote areas otherwise ineligible to receive an affordable and […]
Africa’s vast energy poverty (600 million without access) and abundant sunlight (approximately 3,000 reliable, uninterrupted hours of sunlight each year) make the continent a perfect environment for successful solar microgrid projects. West African nations like Senegal are joining many African countries beginning to create their own renewable energy future, in which solar power will eliminate kerosene lighting pollution, reduce costs, and free villagers from traveling long distances just to charge their cell phones. In the […]