On a recent trip to Palestine, I had the opportunity to meet with a long-time HOMER Energy customer, Comet-ME, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO bringing off-grid solar power to villages in “Area C” of the Occupied West Bank. The organization’s Elad Orian and Tamar Cohen took me on a tour of a new project in the village of Jeeb al-Dheeb. The project was funded by the Dutch Foreign Ministry, which gave about half a million shekels […]
Using fossil fuels to power cannabis cultivation is detrimental to the environment, takes “green” out of industry.
Energy is one of growers’ largest costs, accounting for as much as 50% of total overhead. However, implementing a microgrid can reduce those costs by as much as 25%. Scale Energy’s microgrids combine solar, storage, and combined heat and power (CHP). The systems make for a much more environmentally friendly operation while dramatically reducing costs, hence the revolutionary role they will play in this growing industry.
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 […]
A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), “Solar PV in Africa: Costs & Markets,” finds that solar PV is quickly changing the reality on the continent, which currently relies heavily on hydropower. The report states that “Solar PV module prices have fallen by 80% since the end of 2009, and PV increasingly offers an economic solution for new electricity generation and for meeting energy service demands, both on- and off-grid.” […]
Weekly Microgrid News Roundup, August 29, 2016 A New Chapter in the Tesla vs. Edison Battle In the basement of the gym at Illinois Institue of Technology is a “Nanogrid Inverter Room.” The nanogrid, part of the campus-wide microgrid, gives the gym its own solar power supply with a unique hybrid of alternating current and direct current. Typically, solar power is generated in DC and is then converted into AC for use, but because […]
Weekly Microgrid News Roundup, August 23, 2016 This week’s Microgrid News Roundup includes: International initiative plans to significantly reduce electricity costs in rural India’s microgrids within the next 3 years… remote power systems expected to grow from $10.9 billion in 2015 to $196.5 billion in 2024… Santa Monica awarded $1.5 million grant for microgrid project… and more links to the most up-to-date industry news. Read more about these microgrid news topics… Santa […]