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Microgrid Space Tech, Solar Prices & Energy Storage, More Microgrid News — January 11, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

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 […]

Palestinian Microgrid Solutions to Energy Poverty: Off-grid in the Holy Land — Part 1

With a unique set of critical energy challenges, Palestine is an ideal environment for off-grid renewable energy and boasts many initiatives and projects, large and small, which are either in the planning stages or operational. This 2-part article (read Part 2 here) discusses Palestine’s energy poverty and power needs and showcases a number of innovative microgrid solutions. Many players are betting Palestinian microgrids (solar and wind) will ease the country’s energy crisis. Palestinians pay the […]

French Microgrids, Utility Industry Chasms, Smart Indian Villages: Microgrid News Roundup

Malana village view from above , Himachal, India

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 […]

HPNET: Advancing Micro-hydro Power (Part 1) — Local Community is Key

Community-micro-hydro-Indonesia.Community micro hydro in Indonesia

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 […]

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 […]

French Microgrids, Utility Industry Chasms, Smart Indian Villages: Microgrid News Roundup

Malana village view from above , Himachal, India

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 […]

Ending Worldwide Rural Energy Poverty with Clean, Off-grid Solutions: Part 1

House of farmer in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

More than 1.2 billion people worldwide lack basic access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 95% of these people are in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia, and 80% are the rural poor. Providing reliable, resilient clean energy to the world’s often remote, off-grid rural communities gives these communities the power (in both senses of the word) to run businesses, create new economic opportunities, and ultimately improve health and sanitation while increasing […]