Renewable Energy

International Consortium to Provide Microgrid Solutions for US, Canada

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Opus One announce $12.4 M North American multi-utility microgrid project Opus One Solutions (Opus One), Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), and a consortium of partners announced a $12.4 million USD North American multi-utility microgrid project last week.  Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will provide $4 million USD in funding to support the project, designed to improve integration of distributed energy resources and commercial microgrids into power systems and regional wholesale markets.  […]

Microgrid News Highlights, September 27, 2016

From University of Dayton Research Institute: Researcher installes power/energy metering system at Air Force Forward Operating Base of the Future.From University of Dayton Research Institute: Researcher installes power/energy metering system at Air Force Forward Operating Base of the Future.

Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’ National Electrical Manufacturing Association (NEMA) report concludes that “from 2025 onwards, fully controllable, independent microgrids interconnected with [direct current] links will allow for full decoupling from the alternating current (AC) electric power system. They will also facilitate the segmentation of the distribution system, a new paradigm for electric grid management.” Kenya Signs 361MW Power Deals Under Obama Energy Plan Six power projects will be developed […]

IRENA Report: African Solar Costs & Markets

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A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), “Solar PV in Africa: Costs & Markets,” finds that solar PV is quickly changing the reality on the continent, which currently relies heavily on hydropower. The report states that “Solar PV module prices have fallen by 80% since the end of 2009, and PV increasingly offers an economic solution for new electricity generation and for meeting energy service demands, both on- and off-grid.” […]

Most Americans Prefer Resilient Grid over Lower Electricity Costs

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As Americans count down to Election Day, more than three-quarters (78%) believe the winner of the presidential race should prioritize the faster adoption of renewable energy, according to the seventh annual Sense & Sustainability Study released by G&S Business Communications (G&S). Despite strong public sentiment favoring the next president’s focus on renewables, the G&S study found that American opinion is practically split when it comes to elected leaders and their understanding of the costs […]

Hierarchic Control, Success in Kenya & More Microgrid News September 20, 2016

microgrid-news-september-20-2016An installation of solar energy panels in Kenya. Photo by: Akon Lighting Africa

Microgrid News Roundup September 20, 2016   The next generation: How microgrids are changing the business landscape The major markets for the growing microgrid sector aren’t just those enterprises that want insurance in case of an outage. They also include those that want to “island” or to be solely self-reliant (for example, military installations). Many, like hospitals and college campuses, want emergency power if the utility-provided electricity cuts off. The users of microgrids all share the same […]

Government, Industry & Nonprofits Bolster Rwanda’s Renewable Energy Goals

rwanda-microgrids75% of Rwanda population lacks reliable energy access.

The government of Rwanda, with various government, industry, and funding partners, has an ambitious plan: Reduce the country’s extreme energy poverty (75% of citizens lack access to reliable power) down to 30% in two years, a plan that includes 22% in off-grid renewable energy.

Innovation driving mass deployment of renewable mini-grids

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The cost of renewable microgrids will continue to decline by 60% in the next two decades as new technologies improve their capability to cost-effectively integrate more energy from renewable sources. This cost reduction is just one finding in a forthcoming report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The IRENA report evaluates technology innovations and mechanisms for successful implementation of renewable microgrids in the next two decades. The report, conducted with support from […]

Multi-stakeholder Microgrid Ownership Model Provides ‘Win-win-win’ Solution

multi-stakeholder-microgridsPartnering between community, government, and industry helps piece together an affordable, sustainable microgrid puzzle.

Public-private partnerships, multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership, public-purpose financing, cooperative ownership, microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS)… It’s fitting that there are multiple monikers for a multi-benefit microgrid financing tool in which ownership is split between several entities. The multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership model challenges the often prohibitive private sector financing models that may disregard the public service microgrids can provide. Owners, partners, and stakeholders may include citizens, small businesses, tech services providers, utility companies, and government entities. This small but growing […]

CSSI Offers Remote Communities in Canada Microgrid Solutions

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In 2012, Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO), a Tribal Council representing six First Nation communities in Northern Ontario, approached Canadian Solar Solution Inc. (CSSI) for a solution to reduce the community’s’ dependence on diesel fuel and to increase affordable energy supply. Two case studies detail these projects.

Grid-scale or Local Renewable Energy: Change Your Shirt or Change the World?

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 You’re running out the door for a date, and you’re late, and you’re maybe not looking quite how you want to look. Sure, you’d love to take a shower and put on brand-new clothes, but instead, you go the easy route: grab a clean shirt and head out the door. When large companies claim that they are going “100% renewable,” what they mean, in all but a few notable cases, is that they […]