Weekly Microgrid News — March 30, 2017
Tesla’s Newest Island Microgrid Project, Partnering With Tiny Hawaiian Utility to Store Solar on Kauai
Today. remote communities like KIUC’s serve as a test bed for technologies like battery storage and strategies that focus on integrating renewable energy into the broader grid. Lessons learned from such remote areas can teach the world how to successfully deploy and integrate renewables and storage technologies.
Rwanda and Ethiopia are among five countries leading the way in shifting to sustainable energy and solar power, and other nations should follow suit, said a panel led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In a continent where some 620 million people live without power, the five countries are trying to boost their power supplies by cutting taxes on solar programs and introducing policies to attract companies that offer off-grid and mini-grid solutions. Other African governments should also focus on developing energy-efficient solutions on a smaller scale, rather than spending too much time and money on massive national power grids, the Africa Progress Panel (APP) said. The panel’s conclusions were published earlier this week. The week before, Annan made a case for microgrids during the APP’s opening remarks.
With approximately 5% of the region (35 to 40 million people) still without electricity, Latin America offers ample opportunities for off-grid solar solutions. Off-grid areas in Latin America are now benefiting from projects launched in the past few years to bring electricity to remote communities. For example, Mexico’s first 100% solar-powered school, which opened in Chiapas state last year. Latin America has not been a traditional focus of off-grid investments, but manufacturers are already selling to the market, and are a number of off-grid renewables companies are now working in the region.
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