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Mini-grid News – March 2016

Bill Gates Points to Micro-grid Development as Means of Electrifying Africa, New York Times

In an interview with the New York Times, Gates was asked what centralized and decentralized technologies are powering emerging economies. His answer? Microgrids.


Microgrids Positioned for a Bright Future, Energy Manager Today

Greentech Media expects microgrids to grow 267 percent between last year and 2020, when the industry will be worth $829 million. Despite the growth, the story says, barriers include high upfront and financing costs and difficult to quantify reliability and resilience benefits.



 

Rwanda Adopts Green Mini-grid Technology, ESI Africa
The Government of Rwanda was awarded a $840,000 grant from the African Development Bank-hosted Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA). The funds will be put towards the deployment of green mini-grid systems (GMGs), and help drive private investments in this sub-sector, the AfDB said in a statement.


More Demand Response in Microgrids following United States Supreme Court Decision? Maybe, Maybe Not, Microgrid Knowledge
Last month, the United States Supreme Court voted to allow demand responsed – where a utility or grid operator signals customers to reduce energy use and pays them for doing so. For grid-connected microgrids, demand response offers a way for the microgrid owner to participate in local capacity markets or reduce capacity charges.  For remote microgrids, demand response can absorb excess renewable energy; or conversely match load to generation in times of low capacity.


An Update From the World’s First Modular Microgrid, Greentech media

Here’s how Duke Energy and partners are islanding and synchronizing off-the-shelf components from dozens of vendors.


Tackling the Unreasonable Dream to Light up the Himalayas, Microgrid Knowledge

The challenges of building solar microgrids as high as 17,000 feet in some of the world’s most remote mountain communities of India’s Himalayas.


Powerhive’s Rural Microgrid Mission Gets $20M Infusion from Eight Investors, Microgrid Knowledge

Powerhive continued to show itself as a company to watch in the rural microgrid market with a $20 million infusion the last week of January from eight investors, including manufacturing giant Caterpillar.


Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification, MIT

At MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design, researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to rural communities in India using microgrids.


Western Australia looks to solar-storage micro-grids to replace poles and wires after bushfires, Renew Economy

The West Australian government and its state-owned network operator Western Power is facing what has been described as the biggest restoration job in its history following the January bush fires, which were sparked by lightning and damaged or destroyed 873 power poles, 77 transmission poles, 44 transformers and up to 50 kilometres of overhead power lines.


Alaska’s rural energy microgrids offer a prototype for powering the world, Alaska Dispatch News

State agencies, private companies and the federal government are increasingly looking to the remote electrical “microgrids” that power rural Alaska in places where roads and long-distance electric transmission lines don’t go.


The Investment Case for Mini-Grids and Off-Grids in Africa, Microgrid Media

Mini-Grids and Off-Grid (MG & OG) power solutions are a strategic fit for Africa. There are huge investment opportunities in this area. Sadly, the economic case for MG & OG is neglected, the size of the opportunity is underreported, the investment considerations are poorly understood, and government support is conspicuously absent.