Microgrid Projects

Designing Microgrids for the Solomon Islands

There is a lot of interest in the idea of 100% renewable energy both from a political and technical perspective. To understand some of the issues surrounding this goal it is useful to look at smaller systems where high penetrations of renewables are starting to become more common.  It may be that 100% renewable energy is more reasonable goal for a small microgrid, rather than on a large national or regional grid. At […]

Pioneering Remote Microgrids in Alaska

With its extreme weather conditions and isolated off-grid communities, Alaska is the American microgrid “frontier.” Over 200 remotely powered Alaskan villages are not connected to power grids. They are spread out over geographically varied regions with diverse energy resources, and have the highest energy costs in the US, sometimes up to 10 times the national average. This makes Alaska the perfect place to experiment with the renewable integration of microgrids.

Sigora Microgrid Provides Affordable, 24/7 Power to Haiti’s Impoverished Communities

Sigora HaitiSigora Haiti microgrid lights up Môle-Saint-Nicolas

How is it that the poorest country in Western Hemisphere is home to one of the world’s most sophisticated microgrid projects? Maybe fate has determined that the embattled people of Haiti deserve a break, after decades of earthquakes, hurricanes, massive flooding, corruption and gruesome political oppression. Or, maybe it’s because a group of idealistic energy geeks, together with a team of determined Haitians, decided to bring renewable energy to a rural  health clinic. […]

Comet ME’s Jubbet a-Dhib Microgrid — a HOMER Pro Case Study [UPDATED with Confiscation & Return, Reinstallation News]

Jubbet a-Dhib microgridThe returned solar panels are unloaded in Jubbet a-Dhib, a village in the West Bank, Palestine.

Ice Cream, Appliances, and Autonomy: Rural Electrification Project Lights West Bank Village (Read about a tragic update followed by positive outcome for Jubbet a-Dhib microgrid in updates below original post, which was first published April 28, 2017) On a recent trip to Palestine, I had the opportunity to meet with a long-time HOMER Energy customer, Comet-ME, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO bringing off-grid solar power to villages in “Area C” of the Occupied West Bank. […]

Microgrid Investment Accelerator Seeks to Finance Deployment of Microgrid Projects

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The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) is seeking to finance the deployment of microgrid projects with qualified and experienced renewable energy service companies (RESCOs). To qualify, RESCOs must have at least one installed and operational microgrid in rural India, Indonesia, or Tanzania. In addition, MIA can only consider projects that: *Are over 5 KW in peak generation capacity *Use renewable energy as the primary generation source *Have a specific focus on providing energy access to un- […]

MGN Weekly — Advancing Africa’s Top Priority: Light and Power …and More Microgrid News — May 18, 2017

Africa's top priority: light and power for all

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.

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.

MGN Weekly: Taking Suburbia Off Grid, Myanmar Microgrids, and More News from HOMER Energy — May 12, 2017

myanmar microgrids

A solar and battery storage microgrid trial by Victorian network operator AusNet Services has succeeded in taking part of a Melbourne suburb completely off grid, demonstrating how utilities can use solar, battery storage and the internet of things to boost energy security and reliability in the future. AusNet said on Wednesday that eight homes had been successfully separated from Victoria’s main electricity grid and operated together as a stand-alone solar and battery storage powered microgrid.

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

US resilient microgrids

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 Solar-Storage RFP, Manhattan Microgrid, and more — April 27, 2017

Haiti RFP Hudson Yards Microgrid

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 […]