Do Electrified Villages In Developing Regions Need Microgrids?

Renewable Energy World | By: Jennifer Delony | GPE – March 22, 2018: A new video produced with support from international development agency USAID takes a closer look at microgrid development in India and the need to bring these independent solar and battery-based systems to villages already connected to the main grid. Originally published March 16, 2018: Despite having access…

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Solar Power Successfully Shared In Mini Grid Trial:

Sustainability Matters | GPE – March 20, 2018: Power reliability is looking more promising after AusNet Services’ mini grid trial in Mooroolbark, Victoria, recently passed a new milestone, demonstrating that batteries and solar shared on the network can be orchestrated to power nearby homes during power outages. The milestone saw AusNet Services successfully separate the small, residential community from the…

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Solar-Plus-Storage Makes Tangible Difference In Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts:

Renewable Energy World | By: Jennifer Delony | GPE – March 16, 2018: With a reported 150,000 homes and businesses in Puerto Rico still waiting for electricity since it was lost six month ago during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, small successes with solar-plus-storage installations are making a big difference in ongoing recovery efforts. Originally published March 9, 2018: Hawaii-based Blue…

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Australians Put About 1 GW Of Solar On Their Roofs Last Year:

Renewable Energy World | By: RNW Editors | GPE – March 16, 2018: Australian homeowners and businesses installed 1.1 GW of solar PV last year, mostly for rooftop solar, according to the Australian Clean Energy Regulator’s (CER) Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme data released yesterday. Originally published March 07, 2018: CER said that Australians preferred larger capacity systems in 2017 to…

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GE’s Reservoir Solutions ~ Modular Energy Storage Solutions:

General Electric | GPE – March 16, 2018: For more than 100 years, the power grid has remained balanced by controlling power generation to match demand. As clean but variable and non-dispatchable power sources start to become a larger part of the energy matrix, energy storage can help keep the grid in balance. GE’s Reservoir Solutions: GE’s Reservoir Solution provides…

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Drones Help Bring Back Electricity In Puerto Rico:

Wired | By: Eric Adams | GPE – March 08, 2018: The North Carolina-based company Duke Energy is using five drones to find and restore downed power lines in Puerto Rico. Commercial drones are pretty lazy. Think about it: They spend most of their time taking photos and videos, inspecting equipment and streaming the footage back to HQ, or performing…

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Solar Roof Tiles From Dutch Company Exasun Look Slick:

Clean Technica | By: Zachary Shahan | February 25th, 2018: A Tesla copycat? Certainly not — Exasun was in the solar roof tile business before Tesla. It also has what seems to be a cost-competitive, attractive, high-quality product on offer. I visited the company’s headquarters and factory in Amsterdam last year during a cleantech tour Remco van der Horst arranged…

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Blockchain Could Change Everything For Energy:

Renewable Energy World | By: Patrick Maloney | GPE – February 21, 2018: Scientists have observed that the electricity sector contributes to 35 percent of the carbon emissions in the U.S. every year. And as climate news piles up, there is a growing movement among ordinary people to do something. Originally published February 16, 2018: But historically, we’ve had a…

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Rooftop Solar Lowers Peak Electricity Demand In Australian Heatwave:

Clean Technica | By: Giles Parkinson | February 17, 2018: Households and businesses played a key role in reducing peak demand and capping wholesale electricity costs in South Australia last month, with data showing that rooftop solar played a major role in reducing and deferring demand peaks in the midst of the heatwave. Solar Citizens states that rooftop solar was…

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Mix Of Solar And Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas:

Renewable Energy World | By: Chris Martin & Mark Chediak | GPE – February 17, 2018: Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries. Originally published February 13, 2018: In just the latest example, First Solar Inc. won a power…

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Dynamic Tidal Power:

Arcadis| GPE – February 15, 2018: General Information: Dynamic tidal power or DTP is an untried but promising technology for tidal power generation. It would involve creating a long dam-like structure perpendicular to the coast, with the option for a coast-parallel barrier at the far end, forming a large ‘T’ shape. This long T-dam would interfere with coast-parallel tidal wave…

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New Wave Energy Device That Could Power Wales’ Homes In The Future Unveiled:

Wales Online | By: Chris Kelsey | GPE – February 12. 2018: WaveSub generates energy by harnessing the continual circular motion of the waves. Originally published October 13, 2017: Wales will take a major step towards getting power from the waves today when a prototype wave energy device is unveiled in Pembroke Dock. Nine years in the making, WaveSub has…

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Improving Storm Resiliency With Rooftop Solar & Electrical Storage:

Clean Technica | By: Danny Parker | February 05, 2018: What about Florida? Energy efficiency, solar energy and regulatory backwardness in The Sunshine State. Part VIII: Rooftop Solar + Storage = Hurricane Energy Resiliency: One series of complaints in the wake of Hurricane Irma came from some individuals who had installed solar electric PV systems and then were unable to…

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Capital Needs To Connect Off-Grid Households In Sub-Saharan Africa:

Shell Foundation | By: Sam Parker (Director) | GPE – February 05, 2018: Taking stock after 15 years working on off-grid solutions to energy access, we are hugely encouraged by the progress that has been made. We are seeing scalable solutions emerging and growing commitments from governments and funders to do what is necessary to deliver universal access to energy.…

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Ethiopia ~ The Energy Revolution Starts At The Bazaar:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | February 04, 2018: “Ninety thousand solar lanterns sold last quarter,” said Mr. Li. He was sharing sales numbers for his solar appliance business in Ethiopia and I couldn’t believe it. To put this in perspective, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association pegs the average number of all solar lighting products sold in Ethiopia in…

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Tesla To Construct Virtual Solar Power Plant Using 50,000 Homes In South Australia:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | February 04, 2018: When Elon Musk offered to build what would be the largest grid storage battery installation in the world in South Australia last year, he set off a chain of events that may have implications for the entire world. In a show of typical Muskian over-the-top bravado, Elon promised to build…

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Solar Energy Offers Hope To Some Puerto Rico Hospitals:

Clean Technica | By: Owen Agnew | February 02, 2018: More than four months after Hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico, over 450,000 people are still without power. For critical facilities like hospitals, the lack of electricity has meant cutting services and relying on generators until power is restored. Nexus Media joined Vittoria Energy, a team of clean-energy evangelists, for…

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Can The Brooklyn Microgrid Project Revolutionize The Energy Market?

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | February 02, 2018: A New York-based energy project built on blockchain is currently attempting to create peer-to-peer marketplaces for distributed energy. As the global energy market is still trapped in a previous era and needs an urgent and thorough redesign, the Brooklyn Microgrid could be a game changer. Prosumers’ Efforts Not Valued By…

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Tesla Semi Customers Will Build Their Own Charging Stations:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | February 02, 2018: Tesla has booked pre-orders for its all-electric Semi heavy duty trucks from at least 9 major corporations. Now, some of those companies are planning how they will charge those trucks once they arrive. In particular, Anheuser Busch and United Parcel Service say they are working closely with Tesla to design…

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