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Rebuilding Haitian Microgrid in Hurricane Matthew’s Aftermath

Haitian MicrogridEarthSpark's Haitian microgrid lost about 40% of solar panels but the power electronics and battery bank were left unscathed.

Following is an overview of repair efforts to date for EarthSpark’s Haitian Microgrid. The overview was presented by Rachel McManus, executive director of EarthSpark, at the recent HOMER International Microgrid Conference 2016 in New York City. Building and sustaining a microgrid takes a lot of planning for potential challenges such as transport of materials, payment schemes, community building, and maintenance. Even with the best planning, however, microgrids may encounter unexpected challenges, such as a […]

Industry Leaders Address Issues, Technologies at Recent HOMER Microgrid Conference [conference highlights]

homer microgrid conference

After 3 successful microgrid conferences in Mexico, Spain, and Australia, HOMER Energy hosted its fourth annual international microgrid conference at Columbia University in New York November 7-8. TheHOMER microgrid conference was attended by 150 people from the microgrid sector, including representatives of the World Bank, Earth Spark, United Nations, Shell Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute, and many other organizations. Keynote topic: regulatory issues from NY to the developing world The conference opened with Audrey […]

Peter Lilienthal: Support Repair of Hurricane Matthew-damaged Haitian Microgrid

Join Us in Helping Hurrican Matthew-damaged Haitian Microgrid Repair Efforts When Hurricane Matthew came ashore in Haiti, the center of its landfall was Les Anglais, the location of a leading-edge microgrid developed by nonprofit EarthSpark International. Although almost every building in the town was destroyed, the microgrid only needs relatively minor repair to start assisting with the relief effort. You can help, while giving yourself the gift of microgrid networking and education from some […]

Ending Worldwide Rural Energy Poverty with Clean, Off-grid Solutions: Part 2

microgrids-address-global-energy-povertyWind turbines help Kodiak Island go 100% renewable energy. From: https://assets.rbl.ms/6466890/980x.jpg

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 […]