Puerto Rico wants to upgrade its infrastructure, waits for the lights to come back on

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. By John Farrell, 6 Nov 2017, GTM Puerto Rico Capitol Building in downtown San Juan. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of …

sonnen is creating “virtual power stations” by connecting energy storage systems, renewable energy power plants, and consumers to allow prosumers to buy and sell electricity among each other

August 5th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Highly regarded battery storage firm sonnen was one of the big winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, winning in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) category. I interviewed sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann in January just after the company won the prize. It was a fun interview because of how futuristic sonnen’s vision is and …

The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit categories have just been announced

28 October 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit, and Global High Schools categories have just been announced. The next step in the ZFEP evaluation process is that the ZFEP Jury, led by Ólafur Grímsson, the 5th President of the Republic of Iceland, will debate the merits and limitations of …

Flywheels help Alaska’s remote microgrids go to 95% renewable energy

15 Oct 2017 NPR  Seafood processors like Ocean Beauty are some of the largest energy consumers in Kodiak, Alaska, which has generated more than 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources since 2014. Here, the Ocean Beauty seafood plant. Eric Keto/Alaska’s Energy Desk This archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska is home to one of the busiest commercial fishing …

Needing to price resilience

Excerpt from Too often electric resilience — the ability to withstand or bounce back from an outage — is an intangible in the minds of energy users, he said. They don’t consider the cost of downtime, even though power outages create clear financial losses that can be quantified – and that microgrids can avert. For example, a supermarket may lose hundreds …

A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: ‘It’s a matter of life and death’

By Tucker Higgins 13 Oct 2017 CNBC.com @tuckerhiggins  An American solar company installs solar-powered microgrids at a San Juan fire station that had been relying on a diesel generator. The 4 kilowatt solar array with battery storage will provide electricity to the communications system, which has been down since Hurricane Maria struck the island. Only 17 percent of residents on the island …

Online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, with best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects

New addition to IRENA’s Project Navigator has the best practices for developing mini-grid projects in Small Island Developing States Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which …

Distributed energy resources (DERs) have greater reliability and resilience at lower costs

The Importance of Distribution-Scale Solar for Grid Resilience September 22, 2017  |  By Titiaan Palazzi and Laurie Guevara-Stone with RMI.org When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma blew through the southern United States, they left millions without power. During such natural disasters, access to electricity is more critical than ever, allowing hospitals to run medical equipment, letting people charge phones and computers to communicate with the outside world, …

India to electrify every home by December 2018 using solar, storage and LEDs

By Tom Kenning, 26 Sep 2017,  PV-Tech   The INR163 billion (US$2.5 billion) ‘Saubhagya Yojna’ scheme is aimed at both rural and urban households. Credit: ADDevol Design Studio Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has launched a new programme to electrify every willing household in the country by 31 December 2018, using solar, energy storage batteries and LED lighting. The INR163 billion (US$2.5 …