Clean Energy

2017 Outlook: Conflicting Views as Industry Ponders Tesla Solar Success in the New Year

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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.

All Roads Lead to India’s Energy Future

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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 […]

Palestinian Microgrid Solutions to Energy Poverty: Off-grid in the Holy Land — Part 2

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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 […]

Microgrid Project Would Return Area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to ‘Natural State’

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Duke Energy plans to install a microgrid at a remote communications tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, eliminating wires from portions of the park.

Senegal Powers into Solar Future

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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 […]

Microgrid Industry News Highlights, October 31, 2016

Microgrid Industry News Highlights October

Microgrid Lights 800-Year Old Himalayan Village…Energy Internet Research…new microgrid technology…& more microgrid industry news October 31, 2016

Weekly Roundup Microgrid News October 26, 2016

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Haiti town moving to 100% renewables, Singapore’s offshore hybrid system, electric motors in microgrid applications…& more microgrid news October 2016

Weekly Roundup Microgrid News October 19, 2016

Navy and Energy Commission Agree to Partner on Renewable Energy Projects…Hybrid Microgrids Could Cut N.W.T.’s Diesel Dependence by Half, Report Says…Pure-play Battery or Hybrid Grid Energy Storage?

Weekly Microgrid News Highlights, October 12, 2016

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Weekly Microgrid News Highlights October 12, 2016   New Energy Task Force Approves Draft Recommendation for Comprehensive Reforms The New Energy Task Force proposal approved last week recommends the return of net metering — which had been controversially revoked less than a year before — to Nevada. This recommendation is part of a wider reform push from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. It also suggests that the state re-open planning for the Clean Power Plan, […]

Fractal Microgrids, Storage Forecast & More Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016

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Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016 Camp Pendleton’s Fractal Microgrid Camp Pendleton’s fractal microgrid provides energy security and energy savings capabilities to critical facilities using renewable energy. A fractal microgrid is a “microgrid-of-microgrids” capable of maximizing energy efficiency and “self-healing” when a portion of the power distribution system is interrupted or fails. Europe’s energy storage battery growth, demand, industry trends, forecast to 2021 “Energy Storage Battery for Microgrids Sales” is an in-depth analysis of […]