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.
HOMER’s Lilienthal, Glassmire at Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference: HOMER Energy’s Peter Lilienthal and John Glassmire are scheduled to deliver training and presentations at the Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference coming up to take place at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, June 20-21. This 5th annual event, focused on wind power systems for islands and islanded grids, provides an opportunity to learn and share information through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue, and training sessions. The workshop is an Alaska Wind Working Group event.
On April 25th and 26th, 2017, HOMER Energy participated in the TISED (Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design) microgrid research workshop program, Is There a Role for Microgrids in the Energy Future of Quebec and Canada? HOMER Energy CEO Peter Lilienthal spoke about “Microgrid Activity around the World,” distilling insights from HOMER Energy’s database of 25,000 microgrid projects in 193 countries.
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.
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: Haiti RFP, Hudson Yards Microgrid, and more — April 27, 2017 USTDA promotes RFP for Haiti solar-storage microgrids The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is promoting a Request for Proposals (RFP) to U.S. companies to design, build, and install hybrid solar PV and energy storage microgrid generation systems in Haiti. The RFP is being run by EarthSpark International – a small-scale clean energy product distributor that focuses in Haiti. It calls for […]
In Hartford, Connecticut, today, the City of Hartford, Constellation, and Bloom Energy announced the completion of a fuel cell microgrid in the city’s Parkville neighborhood. The project’s goals are to generate clean energy, reduce electricity costs and offer emergency backup power for businesses and public buildings.
MGN Weekly: Blockchain Is Helping Build a New Kind of Energy Grid…Carnegie Raises $18m for Northam Solar Farm and Microgrids…1MW / 2MWh battery to Enables Both C&I and Utility Use Cases in Denver…and more Microgrid News & Insight, April 20, 2017.
In the United States, where minimalism and simplicity aren’t always a system’s determining factors, microgrid technology has made possible many groundbreaking projects that could lead to new models for off-grid power generation, distribution, and storage. These include everything from corporate campus microgrids to energy-plus-storage systems for multi-family affordable housing projects.
When the Carribean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC) takes place in the Cayman Islands next month, attendees will enjoy a star-studded lineup of key speakers, including HOMER CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal. Topping the list is keynote speaker Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the famed Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who is a leading aquanaut in his own right, an ocean conservationist, and a documentary filmmaker. Sir Richard Branson, English business mogul, investor, and philanthropist, will present via Skype.