The sleepy college town of New Paltz, New York, may be headed for big energy changes. The New York Prize Community Grid competition awarded New Paltz, along with 82 other communities, $100,000 for microgrid feasibility assessments in the NY Prize Stage I project. The New Paltz project’s final Stage I report is available on the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) website. The $40 million NY Prize is a three-stage […]
Weekly Microgrid News Roundup, August 29, 2016 A New Chapter in the Tesla vs. Edison Battle In the basement of the gym at Illinois Institue of Technology is a “Nanogrid Inverter Room.” The nanogrid, part of the campus-wide microgrid, gives the gym its own solar power supply with a unique hybrid of alternating current and direct current. Typically, solar power is generated in DC and is then converted into AC for use, but because […]
Weekly Microgrid News Roundup, August 23, 2016 This week’s Microgrid News Roundup includes: International initiative plans to significantly reduce electricity costs in rural India’s microgrids within the next 3 years… remote power systems expected to grow from $10.9 billion in 2015 to $196.5 billion in 2024… Santa Monica awarded $1.5 million grant for microgrid project… and more links to the most up-to-date industry news. Read more about these microgrid news topics… Santa […]
Weekly Microgrid News, August 5, 2016 This week’s Microgrid News Roundup includes: Minnesota university awarded grant to build microgrid designed for research and technology development… In France, an experimental microgrid shows benefits of local power distribution…, A small village in India, chosen as “smart village:” its hospital, school to benefit from reliable energy… Market strategist asks: How well does the “chasm-crossing” theory fit the power delivery industry?…Encouraging energy storage forecast for 2020…India microgrid projections ambitious but […]
Part 2 of an in-depth interview (access Part 1 here) with Dipti Vaghela (left) co-founder of Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET). The organization, founded in 2012, brings practitioners a knowledge platform to advance micro-hydro power.
The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), co-founded by Dipti Vaghela (left) in 2012, brings practitioners a knowledge exchange platform to advance micro-hydro power. HPNET focuses primarily on “policy, technology, and socio-environmental aspects for sustainability.” Vaghela, who serves as HPNet’s coordinator, talks to Microgrid News & Insight in this first of a two-part interview. In part 1, Vaghela talks about the benefits of micro-hydro and the connection between local communities and project successes. MGN: Micro-hydro power is […]
Former head of energy access for the United Nations Foundation Richenda Van Leeuwen to give keynote address at the HOMER International Microgrid Conference 2016, to take place at Columbia University, New York, on November 7-8.
Shell Foundation, Philippines, recently hired consultant Silver Navarro to assist its Dutch consultant with an Access to Energy program promoting Philippines microgrids. The program’s purpose is designing an off-grid power system that the community can sustainably operate and maintain to meet its basic electricity requirement. HOMER Pro helped the program make rural microgrids reliable and affordable.
HOMER International Microgrid Conference 2016, to take place November 7&8 in New York City, is finalizing speaker and agenda information. The conference offers two days worth of content centered around this year’s theme, Microgrid Lessons from Global Markets. The conference kicks off with a keynote speech, The New York Reforming Energy Vision Strategy, by Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York Public Service Commission. After the keynote address, attendees have two educational morning sessions, a networking lunch, and two […]
Part 1 of this post addressed the issue of global energy poverty in rural areas: its implications, challenges, and promising developments in African nations and in India. Part 2 addresses off-grid problems in Haiti, potential microgrid solutions in Alaska, and the population-empowering “Minigrid Game.” Haiti struggles with extreme energy poverty Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Seventy-five percent of Haitians lack electricity access and must cook and light their homes with […]