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MGN Weekly: Are Indian Microgrids a Failure? Will Pittsburgh’s ‘Grid of Microgrids’ Succeed? …and More Microgrid News — May 18, 2017

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Solar microgrids in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state did little to improve household incomes, encourage business ownership, or reduce the long hours that people spend on daily household work, a new study finds. According to the year-long, randomized survey of nearly 1,300 households in 81 non-electrified rural communities, villagers did buy less kerosene for their lamps, since they could flip on light bulbs at night. But their lives were otherwise unchanged, showing that local officials, energy companies, and NGOs alike need to address other pressing issues — such as underfunded schools or dismal job prospects — before rural electrification can really lift people out of poverty.

Will Crowdfunding Revolutionize Microgrids?

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Traditional fmicrogrid crowdfundingunding methods often make it difficult to raise capital for microgrid projects, especially those created to specifically for populations with limited means. Funding from NGOs or government agencies is difficult to secure. Crowdfunding, on the other hand, raises capital through the collective effort of individual small investors, making microgrid and other critical projects a reality all over the world — in fact, the World Bank predicts crowdfunding in the developing world will exceed US$96 billion per year within the next 10 years.

Akon Lights More Countries, Island Energy Storage, More Microgrid News — March 10, 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

Military Microgrid News, India Plan Detailed, Italy to Use CSP — March 1, 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

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

All Roads Lead to India’s Energy Future

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Just two weeks ago, India and the US launched US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) Initiative, designed to help unlock OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corp)  financing and promote distributed clean energy projects. The $20 million initiative is expected to address critical challenges and promote development of microgrid, rooftop and off-grid solar, and smaller-scale grid-connected projects. This initiative is only one of many projects taking place in India, a country taking multiple approaches to meet its bold […]

Catch Up on the Latest Microgrid News Highlights – November 30, 2016

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Microgrid News Highlights — November 30,  2016  Tesla Enters Global Microgrid Market with Solar Island Powered 24/7  Tesla and Solar City are tapping into the global renewable energy microgrid market. The newly united companies announced the completion of a solar plus battery storage project on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa  last Tuesday, along with a video (see below).  The Ta’u microgrid combines 1.4MW of solar PV and a 6MWh energy storage system […]

Weekly Roundup Microgrid News October 26, 2016

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Haiti town moving to 100% renewables, Singapore’s offshore hybrid system, electric motors in microgrid applications…& more microgrid news October 2016

Weekly Microgrid News Highlights, October 12, 2016

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Weekly Microgrid News Highlights October 12, 2016   New Energy Task Force Approves Draft Recommendation for Comprehensive Reforms The New Energy Task Force proposal approved last week recommends the return of net metering — which had been controversially revoked less than a year before — to Nevada. This recommendation is part of a wider reform push from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. It also suggests that the state re-open planning for the Clean Power Plan, […]

Utility Microgrids, Milwaukee Project, ViZn in Africa & More Microgrid News Roundup — September 7, 2016

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Microgrid News Roundup September 7, 2016 Why Smart Utilities Are Embracing Distributed Electricity The momentum for renewable energy builds as prices fall and emissions regulations tighten. In order to stay competitive, utility companies, grid operators and the people who regulate them need to do what’s right for people and planet — incorporate renewable energy, storage, and software to modernize the grid. Milwaukee Microgrid Could Boost Energy R&D An energy research project on Milwaukee’s north […]