Distributed Generation

International Consortium to Provide Microgrid Solutions for US, Canada

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Opus One announce $12.4 M North American multi-utility microgrid project Opus One Solutions (Opus One), Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), and a consortium of partners announced a $12.4 million USD North American multi-utility microgrid project last week.  Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will provide $4 million USD in funding to support the project, designed to improve integration of distributed energy resources and commercial microgrids into power systems and regional wholesale markets.  […]

Most Americans Prefer Resilient Grid over Lower Electricity Costs

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As Americans count down to Election Day, more than three-quarters (78%) believe the winner of the presidential race should prioritize the faster adoption of renewable energy, according to the seventh annual Sense & Sustainability Study released by G&S Business Communications (G&S). Despite strong public sentiment favoring the next president’s focus on renewables, the G&S study found that American opinion is practically split when it comes to elected leaders and their understanding of the costs […]

Government, Industry & Nonprofits Bolster Rwanda’s Renewable Energy Goals

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The government of Rwanda, with various government, industry, and funding partners, has an ambitious plan: Reduce the country’s extreme energy poverty (75% of citizens lack access to reliable power) down to 30% in two years, a plan that includes 22% in off-grid renewable energy.

Innovation driving mass deployment of renewable mini-grids

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The cost of renewable microgrids will continue to decline by 60% in the next two decades as new technologies improve their capability to cost-effectively integrate more energy from renewable sources. This cost reduction is just one finding in a forthcoming report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The IRENA report evaluates technology innovations and mechanisms for successful implementation of renewable microgrids in the next two decades. The report, conducted with support from […]

Multi-stakeholder Microgrid Ownership Model Provides ‘Win-win-win’ Solution

multi-stakeholder-microgridsPartnering between community, government, and industry helps piece together an affordable, sustainable microgrid puzzle.

Public-private partnerships, multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership, public-purpose financing, cooperative ownership, microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS)… It’s fitting that there are multiple monikers for a multi-benefit microgrid financing tool in which ownership is split between several entities. The multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership model challenges the often prohibitive private sector financing models that may disregard the public service microgrids can provide. Owners, partners, and stakeholders may include citizens, small businesses, tech services providers, utility companies, and government entities. This small but growing […]

CSSI Offers Remote Communities in Canada Microgrid Solutions

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In 2012, Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO), a Tribal Council representing six First Nation communities in Northern Ontario, approached Canadian Solar Solution Inc. (CSSI) for a solution to reduce the community’s’ dependence on diesel fuel and to increase affordable energy supply. Two case studies detail these projects.

Grid-scale or Local Renewable Energy: Change Your Shirt or Change the World?

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 You’re running out the door for a date, and you’re late, and you’re maybe not looking quite how you want to look. Sure, you’d love to take a shower and put on brand-new clothes, but instead, you go the easy route: grab a clean shirt and head out the door. When large companies claim that they are going “100% renewable,” what they mean, in all but a few notable cases, is that they […]

New Paltz—NY Prize Awards 83 Communities Considering Microgrids

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The sleepy college town of New Paltz, New York, may be headed for big energy changes. The New York Prize Community Grid competition awarded New Paltz, along with 82 other communities, $100,000 for microgrid feasibility assessments in the NY Prize Stage I project. The New Paltz project’s final Stage I report is available on the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) website. The $40 million NY Prize is a three-stage […]

Market Growth Forecast, AC/DC Nanogrid & More Microgrid News 8/29/16 Roundup

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Weekly Microgrid News Roundup, August 29, 2016 A New Chapter in the Tesla vs. Edison Battle In the basement of the gym at Illinois Institue of Technology is a “Nanogrid Inverter Room.” The nanogrid, part of the campus-wide microgrid, gives the gym its own solar power supply with a unique hybrid of alternating current and direct current. Typically, solar power is generated in DC and is then converted into AC for use, but because […]

$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 […]