Topic: Distributed Generation

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Fact Sheet: Mini-Grids Set for 60% Cost Decline

A study by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) shows how through cost reductions, rural mini-grids can quickly scale as a commercially viable business model to provide access to millions of people and businesses across sub-Saharan Africa.
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Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation for Resilience: Withstanding Grid Outages for Less

To better prepare for future disruptions, state and local governments are reducing the electric demand of their critical operations through energy efficiency, as well as making new investments in microgrids with distributed generation to ensure continuous electric supply during extended grid outages to power critical facilities.
Storm damage in Puerto Rico

Damaged distribution lines in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria / Western Area Power / CC BY 2.0

Leveraging Smart Contracts for Peer-to-Peer Solar Financing in Puerto Rico

“Smart” contracts leverage blockchain technology to streamline and automate many of the most technical and time-consuming financial and logistical steps in smaller-scale solar development. Furthermore, smart contracts integrate peer-to-peer financial mechanisms, tapping into new capital pools for small and distributed renewable systems.
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Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce

"The distributed renewable energy sector has emerged as a significant employer in emerging markets. Although nascent and just beginning to scale, it has already grown a workforce comparative to traditional utility-scale power sectors, and is expected to more than double by 2022–23, according to our early estimates."
A mini-grid in Mali

Solar and diesel mini-grid in Mali / IRENA / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Risk-Pooling Initiative Strives to Unlock Commercial Investment in African Mini-Grids

Green Aggregation Tech Enterprise, a risk-pooling initiative aimed at removing barriers to private investment in mini-grids, looks to prepare off-grid energy financing for a self-sustaining future in Africa that involves all types of funding, including commercial lending.
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Debbie Dooley on the Conservative Case for Clean Energy

Georgia’s Debbie Dooley is a founding member of the Tea Party movement, as well as an advocate for renewable energy and president of Conservatives for Energy Freedom. In an interview with CEFF, Dooley discussed where alternative energy can fit into a conservative political philosophy, how to build bipartisan support for clean energy, and her vision for state and federal policy.
Hospital connected to community microgrid

Community Microgrids – A Tool for Adaptation or Mitigation?

This explainer is the third part of a series by Sara Harari and Nate Grady on how microgrids are being used to transform the electrical grid. As climate change becomes the new reality, policymakers must decide how to invest limited resources in advanced technology and infrastructure. At the heart of this challenge is the debate over adaptation versus mitigation: should we focus our efforts on avoiding the worst effects of climate change (i.e. reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses we release going forward), or should we divide our resources and invest simultaneously on adapting to the most likely effects of...
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Sleeping Giant: The State of Solar in South Carolina

The popularity of solar energy skyrocketed in South Carolina (SC) with the introduction of net metering in 2014 when the state legislature unanimously passed its landmark energy bill. After the introduction of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) program, the Palmetto State went from having virtually no solar energy to having an installed capacity of 591 megawatts (MW).
View from an arch in Mexico

What Will It Take to Catalyze the Energy Transition?

Vastly higher clean energy targets are essential to empower the international community to make the leap to a sustainable future, according to Richard Heinberg, coauthor of “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy.” In this interview, he delves into the practical challenges involved in the global transition to renewable power sources.