Focus on Off-grid Renewable Energy: Mozambique According to the World Bank, poverty in Mozambique is concentrated in rural areas. The Mozambique government has recently approved the Renewable Energy Strategy, which seeks to boost energy access to rural areas thus fighting the poverty in these communities. The government’s energy-mix plan includes maximizing hydropower while, at the same time, investing in alternative sources of energy. Solar power, in particular, holds much untapped potential, the World Bank reports, adding that the […]
The World Bank invited Ricky Buch, Strategic Marketing Leader, General Electric’s Power business, to share his experiences with building microgrids in developing regions.
Buch spoke about the GE Power pilot microgrid projects in India (Bihar and Uttar Pradesh) and upcoming projects in South East Asia and Africa. For these pilots, GE has designed a hybrid system that combines solar and batteries with a diesel genset. This microgrid “CONTAINER” includes an energy management system capable of reducing the energy cost up to 30% versus traditional systems.
After 3 successful microgrid conferences in Mexico, Spain, and Australia, HOMER Energy hosted its fourth annual international microgrid conference at Columbia University in New York November 7-8. TheHOMER microgrid conference was attended by 150 people from the microgrid sector, including representatives of the World Bank, Earth Spark, United Nations, Shell Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute, and many other organizations. Keynote topic: regulatory issues from NY to the developing world The conference opened with Audrey […]
Shell Foundation COO Pradeep Pursnani will present a keynote address at the 4th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference to be held at Columbia University, New York City, November 7 and 8. Pursnani joins other distinguished industry leaders participating in the conference, including Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Richenda Van Leeuwen, former head of Energy Access for the United Nations Foundation, and Ke Wei, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, […]
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.
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 […]