Renewable Energy

Updates from Africa, SLC Plans for 100% Green..and More Microgrid News Highlights, Week Ended July 15, 2016

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News highlights include newly installed microgrid at the Loisaba Conservancy, launch of the Tanzania SE4All “Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus,” Stratean acquires CleanSpark, (ACMTC) competition now open for applications, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) completes $200 million Macquarie Capital transaction, Texas Microgrid to power H-E-B groceries during outages…

IEEE Proceedings Zooms In on Smart Buildings-Microgrid Integration

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In a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, 11 research papers cover topics ranging from an analysis of geo-referenced building data in the evaluation of thermal microgrids and the use of automated demand response (DR) systems in smart buildings and microgrids to envisioning changes in behavior as the evolution towards consumer-centric power grids continues.

Main-grid and Microgrid Bankability in Africa: A Comparison

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Clusters of gas-fired turbines, big dams, and geothermal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa tend to have very complex financing structures. In addition, they also often involve complex debt/equity structures from local banks. Microgrids, however, are within the reach of much smaller organizations.

HOMER Energy News Highlights, Week Ended July 8, 2016

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A municipal utility renewable energy microgrid in Ohio and an energy security installation at Marine Air Corps Base Miramar are among the highlights of this week’s microgrid and distributed energy news.

(Must read!) On Using Software to Make Case for Mini-grid Deployment; G20 Energy Meeting. News Extra 7/5/16

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HOMER Director of Energy Engineering John Glassmire discusses how to use software to make a strong business case for mini-grid deployment in an easy-to-digest article; IRENA reports on 2016 G20 Energy Ministers Meeting.

HOMER Energy Handpicked News Highlights, Week Ended July 1, 2016

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Off-grid home solar-storage, community solar and microgrid projects in Brooklyn, Ontario, Minnesota, Rwanda and Kenya are among the highlight of this week’s microgrid and distributed energy developments.

HOMER CEO Peter Lilienthal: Watch Interview on Asian Microgrid Market; Plan for Solar Power Int’l

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HOMER CEO Peter Lilienthal gave an in-depth interview about the Asian microgrid market last month at Asian Utility Week (ASUW) 2016. In this video available on the Engerati YouTube channel, Lilienthal discusses the different Asian markets for microgrids and renewable energy, from areas having little or no energy infrastructure to those using fossil-fuel based energy sources in dealing with an unreliable grid, to developed countries looking for more resilient solutions. He explains recent […]

HOMER Energy’s Weekly New Highlights, June 24, 2016

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President Obama announcing a national public-private partnership to scale up integration of renewable energy and storage, and Tesla Motors $2.8 billion dollar bid to acquire SolarCity are among this week’s news highlights.

Microgrid Antifragility: Don’t Be a Turkey

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Like banks “too big to fail,” the grids in most developed nations are so fragile and interdependent that they are vulnerable to natural or human-made disasters that can cripple whole cities and regions. Microgrids, however, are like your local bank: independent from other local banks and thus much more resilient to unexpected future events. Resilience is an obvious  benefit of breaking the grid system into smaller components independent of each others’ operation. But […]

[Breaking News] Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity (repost)

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Blog post from the Tesla Team, June 21, 2016: Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. And in March 2015, we launched Tesla Energy, which through the Powerwall and Powerpack allow homeowners, business owners and utilities to benefit from renewable energy storage. It’s now time to complete the picture. Tesla customers can drive clean cars and […]