IRENA Microgrid Reports at IOREC: Off-Grid Renewables Can Achieve 100% Energy Access

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3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi to drive off-grid deployment worldwide More than 500 participants gathered in Nairobi September 30 for the opening of the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the conference aimed to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables. Today, roughly 15% of the world’s population lives without electricity, but off-grid solutions can provide an estimated 60%t […]

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


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 […]

Fractal Microgrids, Storage Forecast & More Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016

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Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016 Camp Pendleton’s Fractal Microgrid Camp Pendleton’s fractal microgrid provides energy security and energy savings capabilities to critical facilities using renewable energy. A fractal microgrid is a “microgrid-of-microgrids” capable of maximizing energy efficiency and “self-healing” when a portion of the power distribution system is interrupted or fails. Europe’s energy storage battery growth, demand, industry trends, forecast to 2021 “Energy Storage Battery for Microgrids Sales” is an in-depth analysis of […]

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 […]

HOMER Energy CEO at Solar Power International SPI

HOMER Energy CEO, Peter Lilienthal, and VP of Business Development, Andy Kruse, are at Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week. What a great opportunity to seek them out, ask questions, and learn more about how HOMER Energy can help your company grow in the microgrid space. HOMER Energy is transforming the clean energy industry with the development, distribution, and support of HOMER software. With over 150,000 users in 193 countries, HOMER […]