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…
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.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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