What to Make of this Curious Headline from India: Solar Microgrid Not ‘Real’ Electricity?

I was struck this week by a curious headline about a new solar microgrid in India, ‘Bihar village rejects solar-powered microgrid and demands 'real' electricity.’ The India Today article tells the story of Dharnai, “a non-descript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.” The village recently gained electricity for the first time in … [Read more...]

What to Make of this Curious Headline from India: Solar Microgrid Not ‘Real’ Electricity?

I was struck this week by a curious headline about a new solar microgrid in India, ‘Bihar village rejects solar-powered microgrid and demands 'real' electricity.’ The India Today article tells the story of Dharnai, “a non-descript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.” The village recently gained electricity for the first time in 33 … [Read more...]

Of Mice and Microgrids: A Profile of the US’ Largest Microgrid

The University of Texas at Austin houses what is often described as the most integrated and largest microgrid in the US,  a  model for saving energy and money. Built in 1929 as a steam plant, the facility has evolved to provide 100 percent of the power, heat and cooling for a 20-million square-foot campus with 150 buildings. The university is … [Read more...]