Microgrids are one of the hottest trends in energy recently, so much so that many have been speculated as the future for the country in which microgrids are supplying everyone with clean energy. Microgrids, however, should not necessarily be associated with clean energy. In fact, many microgrids actually rely on fossil fuels. As per usual,… Keep reading →

Sigora Haiti, a subsidiary of Sigora International, is bringing renewable electricity to rural areas of Haiti that were previously left in the dark.  The company has plans to use its micro-utility platform to power the northwest region of the country with solar and wind energy. Currently, a 200-kilowatt solar array is under construction.

As of now, the estimated totaled $10 million Sigora Haiti Northwest electrification project will be able to expand the company’s existing pilot grid network from around 5,000 customers to upwards of 136,000 (an estimated 27,000 accounts) upon completion. The funding for this venture partly comes from ElectriFI, who has provided $2.5 million towards the Northwest Phase 1 expansion, and will have a renewable energy capacity of 3.5MWp.

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Houston Scenics

How ERCOT’s idea for aggregating solar, storage and other DERs could unlock the state’s grid-edge potential  Texas, despite being one of the country’s largest and sunniest energy markets, has not seen a lot of growth of distributed solar power. Beyond low energy prices, one big reason is that the Texas deregulated energy market, which covers… Keep reading →

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Ranking utility business models, from quick-reward opportunities to long-term investments  For years now, U.S. utilities have been finding ways to make money outside their core business of building energy infrastructure and selling kilowatt-hours. Some are putting their field service expertise to use for tree trimming and landscaping services, or using their call centers and service… Keep reading →

Bloom Energy Touts Breakthrough In Affordable Energy Technology

CPUC passes controversial mandate for 1.3 gigawatts of batteries, grid storage by 2020 California’s status as the vanguard in pushing energy storage technologies onto the power grid is now official. On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved its proposed mandate (PDF) that will require the state’s big three investor-owned utilities to add 1.3… Keep reading →

Innovations in the way electricity is created and delivered are already under way to transform the electricity system worldwide in the coming decade – and the innovations may be coming from surprising places.

“Other nations understand their success as nations depends almost entirely on their ability to electrify,” said Chris Hickman, CEO/President, Innovari, told GridWeek 2012 in Washington DC Oct. 2. Countries dealing with unreliable or insufficient power supplies are looking at distributed generating sources and microgrids in very different ways than the US does, he said. Keep reading →