In depth: Electrifying the rural world, one microgrid at a time


    While the developed world is seeing the microgrid as the answer to increasing grid reliability, in the developing world the microgrid is being considered as a realistic, financially sustainable alternative to traditional grid electrification.

    Residents of the Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa, have only 5 hours of electricity access per day and spend almost 15-20% of their salary on additional energy resources such as kerosene. This is all about to change – with the installation of a 5MW solar microgrid to provide a reliable source of power, 24 hours a day.

    “Today over 1 billion people are without power. We are taking our experience in microgrids from Alcatraz Island, the US Department of Defence and private sector customers to now apply it to improving quality of life for people in rural areas where grid connected power does not exist or is not reliable,” said Ken McCauley, president and CEO Princeton Power Systems.

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