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News and feature articles on microgrids in Africa including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Bypassing Utility Models for Clean, Smart Microgrids in Emerging Markets

Energy project developers are just beginning to see the advantages of bypassing the old and “messy” electricity infrastructure in favor of clean, smart microgrids in developing countries. That was one of Haresh Patel’s observations about the information gleaned from developers for its latest Mercatus Global Advanced Energy Insights … [Read more...]

Rural Microgrids in India and Global Energy Storage Market News

ABB and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) have agreed to work jointly to design and build rural microgrids. Thousands of Indian villages are still un-electrified; microgrids have the potential to power them, reducing dependence on expensive diesel fuel and the grid. Along with ABB equipment, the rural microgrids will enable homes … [Read more...]

Microgrid-Energy Storage Projects Take Note! 2015 Was Record Breaker for Storage

The microgrid-energy storage pairing is increasingly common, so it's interesting to note that the U.S. energy storage market just had both its best quarter and best year of all time. The U.S. deployed 112 MW of energy storage capacity in the fourth quarter of 2015 -- higher than all storage deployments in 2013 and 2014 combined -- bringing the … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Defining the New Energy Landscape

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Pablo Astorga, ABB’s global sales manager Microgrids, explains how microgrids are defining the new energy landscape. Over the last decade, much focus has been put on how to green up the grid. This is of course logical given the dramatic cost reduction undergone by renewable energy technologies. … [Read more...]

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

Powerhive continued to show itself as a company to watch in the rural microgrid market with a $20 million infusion this week from eight investors, including manufacturing giant Caterpillar. Based in California, Powerhive was an early mover in developing rural microgrids in Kenya, where it has operated since 2012. The $20 million marks the … [Read more...]

China’s First Microgrid, CleanSpark Expansion, Eaton Award

China's first microgrid project has begun operating in Beijing, according to China's People's Daily Online. The first government-funded microgrid, it includes three wind turbines and numerous rooftop solar panels,  located in the high-tech incubator in the Badaling economic zone of Yanqing county. It can work independently from the main grid, … [Read more...]

Events that Shaped the Microgrid Industry in 2015

Here’s a look at events that shaped the microgrid industry in 2015 and the new players, policies and ideas driving the industry forward. Consider it the year that microgrids achieved stature. Well-known companies like ABB, Eaton, Exelon, GE, Hitachi, Panasonic, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SolarCity, Tesla and others either … [Read more...]

Poll Explains Utility Attraction to Microgrids…and Other Quick Microgrid News

If you're wondering why so many utilities are interested in microgrids, check the weather. Ninety-four percent of utility CEOS recently surveyed on five continents said severe weather has hurt their operations. And nearly as many -- 89 percent -- said they see a global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions vital to their business success. The … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids Bring Electricity and Income to Rural Areas: Kilowatts for Humanity

Remote microgrids are bringing electricity and income to rural areas through Kilowatts for Humanity, a non-profit organization that began as research projects at Seattle University. In one project, for example, in Filibaba, Zambia, Kilowatts for Humanity built a 2-KW solar-powered microgrid that serves as an electricity kiosk. In addition to … [Read more...]

Annobon Island Microgrid: Case Study

A microgrid case study: The Annobon Island Microgrid, a reliable and cost-effective island microgrid. Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. The residents only have reliable electricity for up to five hours per day and spend an average of 15-20 percent of their … [Read more...]