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Updates from Africa, SLC Plans for 100% Green..and More Microgrid News Highlights, Week Ended July 15, 2016

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News highlights include newly installed microgrid at the Loisaba Conservancy, launch of the Tanzania SE4All “Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus,” Stratean acquires CleanSpark, (ACMTC) competition now open for applications, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) completes $200 million Macquarie Capital transaction, Texas Microgrid to power H-E-B groceries during outages…

Main-grid and Microgrid Bankability in Africa: A Comparison

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Clusters of gas-fired turbines, big dams, and geothermal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa tend to have very complex financing structures. In addition, they also often involve complex debt/equity structures from local banks. Microgrids, however, are within the reach of much smaller organizations.

(Must read!) On Using Software to Make Case for Mini-grid Deployment; G20 Energy Meeting. News Extra 7/5/16

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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.

HOMER CEO Peter Lilienthal: Watch Interview on Asian Microgrid Market; Plan for Solar Power Int’l

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HOMER CEO Peter Lilienthal gave an in-depth interview about the Asian microgrid market last month at Asian Utility Week (ASUW) 2016. In this video available on the Engerati YouTube channel, Lilienthal discusses the different Asian markets for microgrids and renewable energy, from areas having little or no energy infrastructure to those using fossil-fuel based energy sources in dealing with an unreliable grid, to developed countries looking for more resilient solutions. He explains recent […]

Solar PV Recycling Offers Significant Untapped Business Opportunity, New Report Shows

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Technical potential of materials recovered from end-of-life solar PV panels could exceed $15 billion by 2050 Munich, Germany, 20 June 2016 – The global solar photovoltaic (PV) boom currently underway will represent a significant untapped business opportunity as decommissioned solar panels enter the waste stream in the years ahead, according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS). The […]

The Island Energy Challenge

Petroleum is the problem Islands face extreme challenges from an energy security perspective. Pipelines supplying inexpensive and plentiful natural gas are not an option for them.  Only very large islands, such as Taiwan, can use coal or nuclear. These factors have left most of them completely dependent on liquid fuels derived from petroleum, mostly diesel.  With only a few weeks of on-island storage, a supply interruption that delays the oil supply barge becomes […]

Can Boulder own its own power? Lots happening in distributed generation today

As the distributed generation field expands, there is more news than this editor can handle in one day! Today’s #1 story relates to our home town of Boulder, Colorado, where the franchise agreement with Xcel Energy is coming to an end. This evergreen “woo woo” town is looking hard at options that would leave Xcel out of the picture. Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation Bill Gates may be somewhat off […]

Leasing solar panels could lead to homeowners seeing the light

One of the biggest issues for homeowners thinking of installing solar panels is the large capital cost of purchase and installation. Green Mountain Energy in Texas has come up with an interesting solution: 20 year leases. New solar angle: Panels for lease

Microgrids in the News 04/13/2011

  Rebuilding Haiti’s Health Infrastructure with Renewable Energy Smart grid funding falls off cliff; M&A activity also drops The Other Problem with Nuclear Power Decentralized Power and Disaster Preparation

Microgrids in the News 04/12/2011

  How Denmark Will Integrate 50% Wind Power by 2025 11% of U.S. Energy Production from Renewable Resources in 2010 Studies Say Natural Gas Has Its Own Environmental Problems