The cost of renewable mini-grids and 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 new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The IRENA report, titled Innovations Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids, evaluates technology innovations and mechanisms for successful implementation of renewable microgrids in the next two […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
HOMER Director of Energy Engineering John Glassmire discusses how to use software to make a strong business case for mini-grid deployment in an easy-to-digest article; IRENA reports on 2016 G20 Energy Ministers Meeting.