Reliable and decentralized electrification through solar home systems is becoming the standard rather than the exception in most East African rural areas

By Stefan Zelazny, Mobisol For decades, the only accepted idea of electrification was access to the grid implemented by big utilities, served by huge power plants. This concept worked fairly well in the developed world  —  if leaving out of consideration the environmental aspects of the massive use of fossil fuels. Billions of dollars have been invested to transfer this …

Study: a 100% RE-based system is feasible and a real policy option at a modest cost. Wind, solar, and electric grid interconnections to reduce storage are least cost choices

A Techno-Economic Study of an Entirely Renewable Energy-Based Power Supply for North America for 2030 Conditions Arman Aghahosseini * ID , Dmitrii Bogdanov and Christian Breyer ID Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Skinnarilankatu 34, Lappeenranta 53850, Finland; dmitrii.bogdanov@lut.fi (D.B.); christian.breyer@lut.fi (C.B.) * Correspondence: arman.aghahosseini@lut.fi; Tel.: +358-41-3697925 Received: 29 June 2017; Accepted: 3 August …

Empowering the Powerless: Here’s How To End Energy Poverty

From The Conversation, By Jatin Nathwani, University of Waterloo, Sunday, February 4, 2018  When households switch from kerosene lamps to electric light bulbs, they gain 100 times as much light energy for reading, studying, cooking and cultural activities for the same amount of money.   Since 2010, we have witnessed dramatic declines in the cost of key energy technologies: 95 per cent for LED lighting, 60 per cent for solar PV and …

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes. We took an abandoned building filled with garbage and turned it into our region’s first net-zero house – which creates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year – training 43 …

US solar panel manufacturer to double in size, CO2 free Swedish Steel

John Fitzgerald Weaver, Electrek, 7 Feb 2018  Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Featured Image Source. Mission Solar to double solar module manufacturing – The move by Mission to add more module lines follows on its announcement shortly after the Section 201 decision that it was hiring 50 workers so as to reach its …

Rooftop Solar + Storage = Hurricane Energy Resiliency. Roof-mounted systems and nearly all ground-mounted systems in Florida came through Hurricane Irma

Clean Technica, Feb 2018, by Danny Parker Figure 1: Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Florida on September 8th, 2017. (NOAA) Improving Storm Resiliency with Rooftop Solar & Electrical Storage 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 use the produced solar power …

February 7th, 2018 by Saurabh Mahapatra  India achieved an operational solar power capacity of 20 gigawatts by the end of 2017, Mercom India Research has claimed. According to Mercom India Research, a record 9.5 gigawatts of solar power capacity was likely added in 2017, taking the total solar power capacity operational in India to over 20 gigawatts. The figures do not match those …

Ethiopia: The Energy Revolution and Solar Light Manufacture Starts At The Bazaar

February 4th, 2018 by The Beam and GreenTechMedia “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 one quarter at around 250,000 …