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Move to Distributed, Renewable Power Inevitable, Even in Areas Served by Utilities

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New distributed energy technologies and business models bring many unprecedented choices in how we create and distribute power. There are three overarching questions, of course: Is this energy model resilient against power outages and grid failure? Is it socially and environmentally responsible? Does it benefit the bottom line?
We are no longer stuck with grid power that doesn’t provide a definitive “Yes!” answer to all three questions. 

Lessons from Island Microgrid Projects: RMI at HIMC2017

island microgrid projectsIsland microgrid projects are a model for microgrids all over the globe

Island microgrids — independent from the traditional grid by nature — provide important insights for other off-grid energy projects around the world. Sharing their extensive experience and expertise at the upcoming Homer International Microgrid Conference  (HIMC2017)  are two island microgrid experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D, and Owen Lewis will lead a session titled “Developing Island Microgrids in the Caribbean,” a topic that resonates deeply with the conference theme: […]

With Product, Finance, & Policy Actions, Solar Microgrids Can Unlock $740 million Sub-Saharan Off-grid Market

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Microgrids could capture an increasing share of the $740 million sub-Saharan off-grid market, according to a report released by Rocky Mountain Institute today. The study found that cost reduction and service improvements, supported by coordinated financing from development agencies and clear off-grid plans from African governments, could enable microgrids to reach up to 31 million people who are without electricity access but with the means to pay. “The mini-grid market has the potential […]

Rocky Mountain Institute: Planning Saint Lucia’s Energy Future — A HOMER Pro Case Study

Island MicrogridsPiton mountains in Saint Lucia

HOMER Case Study: Rocky Mountain Institute Saint Lucia, like other island nations in the Caribbean, experiences high and volatile energy prices and has an economy extremely vulnerable to fluctuations in global oil prices. When combined with heavy reliance on fossil fuel imports, the situation presents a barrier to continued socio-economic development. Natural resources offer strong potential for local generation of renewable energy. As the cost of renewable energy technologies declines, the integration of renewable […]