This post appeared in the September 2017 edition of PV Magazine and can be found in the archive - here. Microgrid development in the US is driven by a microgrid’s ability to operate during blackouts and provide ancillary grid services. As more microgrids emerge within the grid, the clustering of microgrids could transform the centralized grid …
Despite being at the highest risk of climate change impacts, island nations are emerging as renewable energy champions. Solar and storage have hit an inflection point against diesel generation offering lower cost, cleaner electricity to island nations.
With the largest unelectrified population in Africa, Nigeria holds great promise for off-grid solar companies. Progress on electrifying the country can be accelerated by improving government policies.
Opening new markets: The IEA World Energy Outlook estimates that nearly half of all unelectrified rural areas globally will be most economically served by off-grid minigrids. Throughout much of Southeast Asia, village minigrids are commercially viable. A lack of financing for these projects remains one of the key barriers to seizing this economic opportunity to provide affordable electricity to unelectrified villages.
Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar home system companies are seeking to provide an on-grid experience in off-grid settings. To fight off competition from lower cost, lower quality systems, PAYG companies need to deliver a premium experience at a competitive price.
Southeast Asian development: The IEA’s 2011 World Energy Outlook estimated that nearly half of all unelectrified rural areas would be most economically served by mini- grid solutions. Given that much of Southeast Asia is made up of archipelagos, mini- grids look set to play an especially prominent role in this region.
This is a reposting of an article that I wrote in PV Magazine covering the Solar and Off-grid Renewables Southeast Asia conference. While there are many opportunities for solar in Southeast Asia, each country has its unique market conditions and challenges. pv magazine brings you this report from Solar Media's Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia conference. …