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MGN Weekly: Are Indian Microgrids a Failure? Will Pittsburgh’s ‘Grid of Microgrids’ Succeed? …and More Microgrid News — May 18, 2017

india microgrid failurePoor Indian household (farm) 6. House and cows in yard. Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur

Solar microgrids in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state did little to improve household incomes, encourage business ownership, or reduce the long hours that people spend on daily household work, a new study finds. According to the year-long, randomized survey of nearly 1,300 households in 81 non-electrified rural communities, villagers did buy less kerosene for their lamps, since they could flip on light bulbs at night. But their lives were otherwise unchanged, showing that local officials, energy companies, and NGOs alike need to address other pressing issues — such as underfunded schools or dismal job prospects — before rural electrification can really lift people out of poverty.

Will Crowdfunding Revolutionize Microgrids?

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Traditional fmicrogrid crowdfundingunding methods often make it difficult to raise capital for microgrid projects, especially those created to specifically for populations with limited means. Funding from NGOs or government agencies is difficult to secure. Crowdfunding, on the other hand, raises capital through the collective effort of individual small investors, making microgrid and other critical projects a reality all over the world — in fact, the World Bank predicts crowdfunding in the developing world will exceed US$96 billion per year within the next 10 years.

MGN Weekly: What do USAF, Native American Reservations, and US Urban Centers Have in Common? Microgrids — May 2, 2017

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Newly created teams within the U.S. Air Force and other military branches are pursuing contracts for on-site distributed generation and smart microgrids…Blue Lake Rancheria Native American reservation’s microgrid project went live last week, helping power government offices, economic enterprises, and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres…The massive April blackout is a wake-up call for San Francisco to bring microgrids online sooner rather than later…and more news highlights.

MGN Weekly: Microsoft Goes Microgrid, Solar Power Goes Fishing (& Dives into Revolution) — April 7, 2017

microsoft facebook microgrid solar revolutionFishing boat on Lake Victoria, Kenya: Fishermen here benefit from electrification project

Facebook, Microsoft Mobilize $50 Million for Renewable Energy Microgrids: Facebook, Microsoft, and investment firm Allotrope Partners have launched a “first-of-its-kind” finance facility to catalyze investments in renewable energy microgrids for underserved communities globally. The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will mobilize approximately $50 million between 2018 and 2020 to expand energy access in India, Indonesia, and East Africa. The facility was launched last week at the U.N. Sustainable Energy For All Forum.
Fishing boat on Lake Victoria, Kenya: Fishermen here benefit from electrification project…and more news!
Solar Microgrids Bring Profits to Lake Victoria Fishing Co-ops…

5 Most Critical Energy Policies Needed to End Rural Energy Poverty

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Power for All report recommendations include licensing procedures for microgrid operators, distributed renewable energy focus A report released this week by Power for All identifies the five most critical national energy policies required to end rural energy poverty for 1 billion people living in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The report, titled “Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress,” outlines steps governments can take to implement those policies, particularly the integration of distributed renewable […]

Tesla’s Newest Island Microgrid …Latin America’s Off-grid Future & More News — March 30, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

With Product, Finance, & Policy Actions, Solar Microgrids Can Unlock $740 million Sub-Saharan Off-grid Market

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Microgrids could capture an increasing share of the $740 million sub-Saharan off-grid market, according to a report released by Rocky Mountain Institute today. The study found that cost reduction and service improvements, supported by coordinated financing from development agencies and clear off-grid plans from African governments, could enable microgrids to reach up to 31 million people who are without electricity access but with the means to pay. “The mini-grid market has the potential […]

Akon Lights More Countries, Island Energy Storage, More Microgrid News — March 10, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

The Nexus Between Poverty & Energy in Mozambique

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Focus on Off-grid Renewable Energy: Mozambique According to the World Bank,  poverty in Mozambique is concentrated in rural areas. The Mozambique government has recently approved the Renewable Energy Strategy, which seeks to boost energy access to rural areas thus fighting the poverty in these communities. The government’s energy-mix plan includes maximizing hydropower while, at the same time, investing in alternative sources of energy. Solar power, in particular, holds much untapped potential, the World Bank reports, adding that the […]

Military Microgrid News, India Plan Detailed, Italy to Use CSP — March 1, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017