Microgrid News Highlights — December 21, 2016
CNN reports on Off Grid Electric’s plan to project bringing microgrid power to rural Africa. More than 90 percent of Africans have access to cell phone service — more than have access to clean water — but only a fraction of them owns a landline. In the energy sector, the cellphone equivalent is the solar panel, which is easily installed and can provide power to a household or small business. Off Grid Electric, an African startup, is applying this formula to rural areas of Tanzania and Rwanda yielding both commercial success and life-transforming results for the recipients. The company is backed by Elon Musk’s SolarCity and Helios. The system includes a rooftop solar panel and lithium ion battery to provide around-the-clock power.
Demand Energy and Rio Grande Renewables have commissioned a battery storage-plus-solar-PV microgrid at Establishment Labs S.A., a medical manufacturing plant in Costa Rica. The system is providing multiple on-site and grid-assisting services, including peak demand reduction, solar PV “shaping” to smooth out variability, and backup power for critical loads in the event of an outage. This microgrid project is the largest in Central America.
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