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Solar mini-grids prove key to universal electrification

Solar mini-grids could play a critical role in providing electricity to rural communities and businesses and in helping to connect the 789 million people worldwide who currently do not have access.
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‘Post blockchain’ tech used in local mini-grids

An Australian energy technology company is using post blockchain technology and utilising artificial intelligence to overhaul the way people use and trade power, the Australian Financial Review reports.
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White Paper outlines design for mini-grids to energise Puerto Rico

Siemens has released its white paper, “Resilient by Design: Enhanced Reliability and Resiliency for Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid,” which outlines a new energy infrastructure...

IRENA helps the Philippines increase rollout of mini-grids

The paper highlight factors impacting on the market, and provides recommendations to improve the mini-grid market. According to IRENA, factors such as lack of funding...

Mini-grids – deployment needs a rethink

[img:Energy%20for%20all.thumbnail.JPG| ]Mandaluyong City, Philippines --- (METERING.COM) --- August 13, 2013

Mini-grids are increasingly being looked at for rural electrification where grid extension is not a reality – but rather than being treated as individual solutions for single communities, they should be deployed as clusters, in order to improve their impacts and economic feasibility.

Mini-grids – barriers and solutions

[img:cem_logo_0.jpg| ]New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 10, 2013 - Mini-grids (aka microgrids) are expected to play a significant role in efforts to address access to energy in rural areas, but there are still a number of barriers to scaling up deployment, according to the outcomes of a roundtable discussion at the recent Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial in April.

These include technological barriers, with renewable energy-based mini-grids require potentially expensive energy storage technology, as well as barriers pertaining to business models and financing, policy, and regulation. Further, there is a shortage of information in the public domain regarding process issues, permitting, and standards for mini-grid developers, and also a lack of consumer awareness and access to information.

Project to develop renewable energy mini-grids in Chad approved by GEF

[img:ChadF_0.jpg| ]N’Djamena, Chad --- (METERING.COM) --- May 2, 2012 - A US$1.8 million grant to promote renewable energy-based mini-grids for rural electrification in Chad was approved by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) last month.

The project, to be implemented by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Chad’s Ministry of Energy, addresses the institutional, financial, policy and regulatory framework for promoting renewable energy-based mini-grids to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase access to electricity in rural areas in Chad.

Increasing interest in mini-grids for rural electrification

[img:GVEP.thumbnail.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 14, 2011 - Interest in increasing in decentralized generation and distribution through mini-grids to improving access to modern energy services in rural areas in developing countries, according to a new briefing paper from the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP).

In this context a mini-grid is defined as a power source of less than 3 MW (diesel, hydro, biomass, hybrid) supplying a local distribution grid connected to domestic, business and institutional customers in the locality.

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