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22

May

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – April 2017 by THEnergy

The April edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” leads with another large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant in the mining industry. It features Aggreko, Nevsun, Facebook, Microsoft, Allotrope Partners, Microgrid Investment Accelerator, Dongfang Electric Corporation, and US Air Force. Our Top 5 covers projects and initiatives in Eritrea, the USA, Angola, and Mauritania.

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Aggreko and Nevsun agreed on solar-diesel hybrid project with 7.5MWp PV plant

Aggreko and the Canadian mining company Nevsun signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for Bisha mine in Eritrea. Electricity will be supplied from a 22 MW fleet of diesel generators and from a new 7.5 MW solar power plant.

http://www.miningmagazine.com/management/water-environment/aggreko-signs-solar-

diesel-power-deal-in-eritrea/

Chris Weston, Aggreko CEO, said: “Hybrid energy solutions are continuing to be developed and implemented within the mining industry, improving efficiency and bottom lines. Using hybrid solar-diesel power generation for off-grid mining operations offers many positives and as developments in renewable energy technologies continue to advance, hybrid solutions, like the one we will provide in Eritrea, will become more of a reality as the benefits become more apparent.”

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Facebook, Microsoft and Allotrope Partners launch Microgrid Investment Accelerator

Facebook and Microsoft have joined with investment firm Allotrope Partners to launch a finance facility to catalyze investments in renewable energy minigrids.

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/facebook-microsoft-mobilize-50-million-for-renewable-energy-microgrids

"The increasing affordability of mini grids is opening new frontiers for providing life changing energy access to the more than 1 billion people who still lack access to any electricity at all in rural areas around the globe. The Microgrid Investment Accelerator seeks to provide catalytic debt and equity directly the project developers bringing affordable and reliable energy access solutions to rural communities in our target geographies." said Alexia Kelly, CEO of the Microgrid Investment Accelerator.

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Chinese group supplies hybrid power plants to Angola

Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC) will supply seven solar-diesel hybrid power plants to Angola. The contract worth US$241.9 million was authorized by an order from the Angolan President.
https://macauhub.com.mo/2017/04/25/grupo-chines-fornece-centrais-termicas-hibridas-angola/
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India assists Mauritania with USD65.68 million for solar-diesel hybrid projects

The Indian government has approved letters of credit worth $65.68 million for solar-diesel hybrid projects in the north African country. The rural electrification projects will help to provide energy access to several villages.

http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/india-assists-mauritania-with-65-68-million-rural-electrification-project/58557612

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US Air Force unveils solar+battery microgrid that could be deployed in less than an hour

The solar panels are placed on top of tents. A trailer at the center of the tent holds inverters, controllers and lithium-ion batteries. The new system developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) is to be deployed in diverse field environments.

https://electrek.co/2017/04/07/us-air-force-solar-battery-microgrid/

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Tue

16

May

2017

THEnergy workshops: Solar-diesel / wind-diesel and microgrids - 20 workshops already done

Are you looking for new renewable energy markets? Have microgrids and solar- or wind-diesel hybrid projects attracted your attention? THEnergy offers tailor-made workshops!

Do like 20+ companies have done before! You can save weeks of your employees' valuable time by receiving crucial information in a very dense way!

The solar-diesel and wind wind-diesel micorgrid market segments are gaining momentum:

  • EREN adds 15 MWp PV to the existing diesel power plant and sells the electricty through a PPA to Iamgold's mine in Burkina Faso
  • The French company Néoén invested in a 10.6 MW solar-diesel hybrid plant to power Sandfire's Degrussa mine in Australia (6-year PPA)
  • Many luxurious island hotels and resorts add solar or wind plants to their diesel gensets
  • Solar-diesel hybrid is attractive for many storage solution providers

THEnergy is a Germany-based consulting company specialized in microgrids and solar-/ wind-diesel hybrid. We have put a special focus on various industrial and commercial end-consumers such as the mining and cement industry, tourism and telecommunications. Here you can find some related publications:

Solar-hybrid applications offer solution for hard-hit EPCs

http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solar-hybrid-applications-offer-solution-for-hard-hit-epcs_100018633/#axzz4ADET1FMz

Measures to stimulate the micro-grid market
http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/43844/measures-to-stimulate-the-micro-grid-market/

 

We want to share our knowledge and offer workshops about solar- and wind-diesel hybrid. We will consider your needs regarding length and specific topic selection.Some proposals

  • Introduction to solar and wind-diesel hybrid applications
  • Where are the “sweet spots”?

o   industries

o   countries

o   installation sizes

  • Which role does storage play?
  • Which developments are there for diesel gensets?
  • Which players act how in the market?
  • How to address ‘industrial and commercial customers’?
  • ....

 

The workshop is not only a good start for important strategic decisions but will also provide further education for your employees.

 

We offer tailor-made workshops for EPC, project developers, renewable energy investors and component providers such as energy storage companies.

 

Beyond the described workshop we also offer to connect you with end-customers such as mining companies and with potential local partners from the renewable energy sector.

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Mon

15

May

2017

THEnergy ANALYSIS: Solar-diesel and Wind-diesel Microgrids for Off-grid Mines Gain Momentum – New Projects Expected

Two recent project announcements show that renewables are an attractive solution for improving mining companies’ energy cost positions.

Iamgold has announced it is adding a new 12.5 MW solar PV plant to its Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso. The Canadian company has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the French independent power producer (IPP) EREN for an initial period of 15 years. The multinational Wärtsilä headquartered in Finland will integrate and build the solar plant.

Another Canadian miner, Nevsun, followed by announcing a 7.5 MW solar plant to reduce diesel consumption at its Bisha mine in Eritrea. Under a ten year PPA, Aggreko will provide a total of 29.5 MW of solar-diesel hybrid power to the gold and copper mine.

 

Figure 1: Overview of solar-diesel and wind-diesel hybrid projects

Africa and Australia are turning into “solar-for-mining hotspots”, while Canada and South America lead the development of wind-diesel hybrids.

“This upturn has become apparent during the last few months”, according to Dr. Thomas Hillig, managing director of THEnergy, a Germany based consultancy specializing in microgrids. “We have been observing the market closely for the last 3 years. In the past 12 months, more and more mining companies have become interested in renewables.”

Several factors contribute to this development. In the beginning, mining companies had serious doubts regarding the reliability of renewables. Various prototypes, some of them subsidized, some with and some without battery storage, have proven the concept of combining solar or wind with fossil power sources. In addition, brands known from conventional energy such as Caterpillar, Cummins, Aggreko, Wärtsilä, and ABB - that are active in hybrid markets - increase the trust in renewable energy off-grid solutions. Declining prices for renewables and energy storage have improved the business case for mines considerably. Mines also feel more comfortable entering long-term commitments of 10 years or more. Mining companies see that the advantages of renewables go beyond pure cost savings in that they could generate positive publicity and also position them as progressive toward investors. Internally, renewables have turned out to be an attractive platform for ambitious employees to qualify for further management challenges.

Maybe even more important are the lessons learned on the part of the renewable companies. They started to speak the language of miners and to understand the necessity of tailor-made solutions for individual mines. Renewable energy players have realized that many mines are not willing to invest their own capital or to commit to long-term PPAs that correspond to the physical lifetime of solar or wind assets. The formation of financing solutions for relatively short-term PPAs was crucial. This also calls for the emergence of a plan B in case that PPAs are terminated earlier or are not prolonged as expected. Solar companies in particular dedicate resources for making solar plants more flexible through semi-mobility concepts that facilitate their dismantling and redeployment at different locations. Finally, renewable energy players have started to apply modern sales and marketing tools to spread the message to mining decision makers.

“The newly announced projects will speed-up the uptake. If everything turns out well, mining companies could sign another 5-8 PPAs for renewable energy supply before the end of 2017”, says Hillig.

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07

Apr

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – March 2017 by THEnergy

The March edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” presents the world’s biggest hybrid-PV power plant to be built in West Africa. It features Iamgold, EREN, Wärtsilä, Rancho Santana resort, PELICAN, S.A, ViZn Energy Systems, Villa Halcyon, Victron Energy, PhilSolar, Jinko, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Flexenclosure, and HANZA. Our Top 5 cover the mining, hospitality, telecom and rural electrification sectors and projects in Burkina Faso, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Canada. We could again manage to add exclusive statements from industry leaders.

Top 1

World’s Biggest Hybrid-Solar Power Plant to be Built at Gold Mine in Burkina Faso

Iamgold, EREN and Wärtsilä have announced to build a 15MWp solar plant at Iamgold’s 400000 oz off-grid Essakane mine. EREN will be the majority owner of the PV plant and has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Iamgold. The solar PV plant will be added to a 55MW Wärtsilä power plant currently running on heavy fuel oil. The PV plant will enable the mine to decrease its fuel consumption by about six-million liters a year and will reduce Essakane’s yearly carbon dioxide emissions by 18 500 t. Wärtsilä's scope covers the EPC for the solar PV power plant including the control system for the hybrid plant. Commissioning is planned for late 2017. The plant will be also the world’s biggest renewable energy asset at an off-grid mine and might trigger many more solar projects in the mining industry. “Our familiarity with the mining sector and our expertise in both, solar and diesel technologies, have been two determining factors to overcome the technical hurdles of hybrid projects and to structure a deal that is improving the mine’s business without interfering with its core activities”, says Christophe Fleurence, EREN’s Vice President - Business Development Africa.

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/wrtsil-supplies-15-mw-solar-plant-in-burkina-faso-2017-03-22/rep_id:4136

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Solar-plus-storage Microgrid Powers Nicaraguan Resort Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana resort and residential community on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua is turning to solar and energy storage to alleviate the high cost of peak energy in the region. The plant will consist of a 200kW/800kWh flow battery from ViZn and an 800kWp PV array. Lâl Marandin, principal and co-founder of the EPC PELICAN, S.A., explains, “Nicaragua has a very fast growing touristic sector with several new landmark projects. Renewable energy solutions with battery storage make sense for sustainable branding purposes, and because electricity tariffs for the hotel sector are high. Driven by 5-6-year payback periods, 10 to 20 solar projects between 500kWp and 1MWp could become reality in the coming years.” Ron Van Dell, CEO of ViZn Energy Systems adds, “The Rancho Santana project in Nicaragua is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for highly versatile energy storage assets at remote locations like resorts, mining facilities, islands, etc. Whether they are grid-tied or a part of true microgrids, storage systems will provide the most functionality and ROI when they are capable of providing both energy and power services and this ability is what makes our zinc-redox flow batteries such an attractive option.”

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/03/nicaraguan-resort-turns-to-solar-storage-solution-to-reduce-utility-costs.html

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Top 3

Philippine Resort Villa Halcyon Reduces Diesel Consumption with Solar PV

Villa Halcyon is situated on Boquete Island, one of the many islands of the Philippines. The island resort used to generate its power fully by diesel gensets with a daily consumption of 120 liters that was delivered by sea. PhilSolar and a local design and installation specialist have added a 7kWp PV installation with a Victron Energy inverter/charger combinations and Jinko modules as well as a lithium-ion battery. “Adding solar plants to generators will reduce the system’s operating costs drastically. It also gives silent power with less pollution and a pleasant ‘green’ environment for resort guests: A win-win situation for guests, resort owners and neighbors,” adds Matthijs Vader, CEO of Victron Energy.

https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2017/03/08/halcyon-days-moving-on-from-diesel/

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Top 4

First Nations Above the Arctic Circle Turn to Solar

Across Northern Canada, diesel has long been the primary mode of providing electricity to remote communities. With the advent of small-scale renewables, that might change. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation town, Old Crow, has several small-scale solar PV installations, including an 11.8kW plant at the Arctic Research Centre. In addition, there are plans for a 330kW solar plant which could offset 17% of the community's total diesel use, or up to 98,000 liters of fuel each year.

https://www.desmog.ca/2017/03/28/meet-first-nation-above-arctic-circle-just-went-solar

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Top 5

Flexenclosure and HANZA Partner for Hybrid Solution Targeting the Telecom Sector

A strong pull for solar from remote telecom applications is the reason why Flexenclosure has decided to join forces with HANZA. The Swedish industrial manufacturing expert HANZA will supply key electrical parts for its recently launched hybrid power system that is designed for outdoor telecom sites and to outdoor telecom standards.

Tomas Rahkonen, Flexenclosure’s Chief Technology Officer adds, “Solar-diesel hybrid power systems are essential to bringing affordable and reliable mobile internet to off-grid areas in developing nations - a large and rapidly growing market. Flexenclosure’s eSite x10 has been specifically engineered to address this opportunity, minimizing OPEX (diesel- and battery-related costs) while at the same time ensuring site uptime for outdoor telecom sites.”

http://www.zawya.com/story/HANZA_establishes_manufacturing_solution_with_deliveries_to_Flexenclosure-ZAWYA20170329060644/

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Sun

19

Mar

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – February 2017 by THEnergy

The February edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features SMA, Toshiba, Electro Power Systems (EPS), Hydro Tasmania, Fluidic Energy, Peak Power and Victron. It covers projects from Kenya, Australia, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The off-takers include a salt producer and local communities in rural electrification projects.

Top 1

1 MWp PV-hybrid system to save 25% on electricity costs for Kenyan salt producer

SolarAfrica and SMA built the grid-connected PV system at East Africa’s largest salt factory in Malindi, Kenya. The factory belongs to Krystalline Salt Limited (Kaysalt). SMA expects a 55% solar power share during daylight hours.

http://www.sunwindenergy.com/photovoltaics/pv-hybrid-lowers-electricity-costs-east-africas-largest-salt-factory

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Top 2

EPS and Toshiba to finish solar-diesel plus storage microgrid project in Tasmania

The microgrid features 0.5 MW of solar and 0.5 MWh of storage capacity designed by Electro Power Systems (EPS), along with 2.0 MVA of diesel generators. The installation will stabilize the supply of renewable energy for roughly 900 people on Flinders Island, off the northeastern tip of Tasmania. It is expected to provide enough electricity to cover about 65% of the island’s annual energy demand. This Australian project may eventually be expanded to include wind turbines. EPS and Toshiba have built the project for Hydro Tasmania.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2017/02/16/eps-toshiba-near-completion-of-3-mw-tasmania-microgrid-project/

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Top 3

Fluidic Energy builds a solar plus storage microgrid on Sekunyit Island in Indonesia

Sekunyit Island is remote: it takes 3 hours by road and 5 hours of sailing to reach it. A 15 kWp PV microgrid backed by Fluidic Energy's zinc-air storage batteries now provides electricity to the inhabitants of the island.

http://evworld.com/focus.cfm?cid=349

“For the inhabitants of remote islands and nations where reliable electrical infrastructure does not exist, mini grids offering long-duration, affordable, safe and clean energy, have the potential to not only “turn on the lights” but to transform lives through improved standards of living and increased economic activity”, says Steve Scharnhorst, CEO of Fluidic Energy.

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Top 4

Peak Power builds solar plus storage microgrid in the Nepal Himalayas

Simigoan is a village in the Nepal Himalaya, at around 2,000 meters elevation. It is situated above the Tama Koshi River along the trekking route to the Gaurishankar base camp. The new systems adds 7 kWp PV solar and 600 Ah of AGM batteries to an existing micro-hydro installation. The solution was designed and implemented by Peak Power, a local renewable energy specialist based in Kathmandu. Peak Power designed and installed a three phase inverter stack using three 5 KVA Victron inverter/chargers along with two MPPT charge controllers.

https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2017/02/08/peak-power-nepal-microgrid/

Joel Basham, CEO of Peak Power Pvt. Ltd. adds: “Many remote places in the Nepal Himalayas do not have the national grid so there is a huge potential to deploy micro-grids to these communities. Renewable energy based micro-grids are a perfect fit for these locations as they are eco-friendly and fit with the lifestyle of the people. A lot of these places rely on tourism as well so communities with micro-grid service are more appealing and receive more tourists this increased traffic drives up local economic development which infuses the entire community.”

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Top 5

First wind-solar-diesel hybrid power plant commissioned in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has opened its first hybrid power plant with a capacity of 67 kW that will generate electricity using wind, solar and diesel. The plant is situated on Eluvathivu Island in Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka. It consists of a 46 kWp PV array, six 3.5 kW wind turbines and a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery.

http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/first-wind-solar-diesel-hybrid-power-plant-commissioned-in-sri-lanka/57092518

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19

Feb

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – January 2017 by THEnergy

The January edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features the UN, EPS, Tesla, Hevel LLC, CETOSA, Fronius and Victron. It contains projects in Libya, Australia, the US, Russia and Spain. In this edition, battery storage  systems play again an important role.

Top 1

UN Installs Solar Power plus Energy Storage at Hospitals in Libya

Distortions to electricity supply caused by armed groups forcing hospitals to use back-up generators that frequently run out of diesel. Solar panels have already been installed in 10 hospitals to enable them to continuously operate vital medical equipment such as dialyzers, medicine refrigeration, surgery rooms and ICUs. E.g. the system at Abu Salem Hospital consists of 37.5 kWp of PV plus 130 kWh of energy storage.

http://www.africanews.com/2017/01/31/un-installs-solar-power-panels-in-hospitals-in-libya/

 

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EPS Provides Storage System for Hybrid Solar-Wind-Diesel Hybrid Microgrid Project in Australia

Electro Power Systems (EPS) announced the successful delivery of a 1 MW storage system that will be connected to the Coober Pedy Renewable Hybrid Power Project microgrid in Southern Australia. Once completed, the hybrid power plant will be connected to a microgrid composed of 1MW of PV, 4MW of wind and up to 6MW of diesel generators. Over the plant’s 20-year life, it will provide energy power to meet the demands of around 1,600 individuals in the local area.

http://www.energy-storage.news/news/eps-provides-storage-system-for-microgrid-project-in-australia

 

Top 3

A Small Solar Array and a 1 MW Battery will Help to Power Ocracoke - a Small Island off North Carolina

The microgrid will provide 1 MW, 1 MWh of storage from Tesla, utilizing a small solar array. It will help reduce demand charges and maintain reliability in the event the mainland transmission link goes down. In addition, a bank of smart thermostats will be used for demand response.

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/tesla-batteries-help-power-small-north-carolina-island/434536/

 

Top 4

Hevel LLC to Build Solar-Diesel Hybrid Power Plants in Russia with Combined Capacity of Up to 40 MW

Hevel has announced a program to build more than 100 hybrid plants in the period to 2021, with average capacity of 100 kW solar power and 300 kW of diesel generation. There are plans to build two plants in Trans-Baikal and one in Buryatia in 2016-2017.

http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp

 

Top 5

The Agricultural Company Cereals Torremorell S.A. (CETOSA) Tested Solar Diesel-Hybrid Successfully for a Piglet Farm in Spain

PV system provides 82 kWp and is installed on the roof of the piglet farm. The system also included a battery based energy storage system. The operating results from the first seven months are now available. The average power consumption of the piglet farm during this period was between 4 and 6 kW. The daily requirement is between 100 and 150 kWh. There were only two days in October when the diesel generator had to be fired up and generate electricity for a few hours. Fronius inverters and Victron control devices are used.

http://www.sunwindenergy.com/content/solar-power-piglet-farm

 

 

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30

Jan

2017

Big Money Off The Grid

Article in pv magazine 12/2016

 

Off-grid market: The first large scale PPA for an off-grid project by French investor Neoen has triggered a wave of activity in the sector. Thomas Hillig, Director at THEnergy Consultants, looks at investment opportunities in the off-grid market.

 

https://www.pv-magazine.com/magazine-archive/big-money-off-the-grid/

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18

Jan

2017

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – December 2016 by THEnergy

The December edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features Rio Grande Renewables, Demand Energy, CapStone Solutions, Naknek Electric Association, EPE, Multicon Solar, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). It covers projects from Costa Rica to Alaska and shows that solar-diesel hybrid projects are economically viable in many different geographies.

Top 1

Rio Grande Renewables Completes A 276 kW/500 kW Solar+Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

The US project developer partnered with Demand Energy on the microgrid for Establishment Labs S.A., a medical manufacturing plant in Costa Rica. The grid-connected system can integrate intermittent solar PV for on-site self-consumption. In case of outages, the microgrid will island itself off and continue operating in standalone mode.

https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2016/12/29/rio-grande-renewables-completes-solarstorage-microgrid-in-costa-rica/

“Energy storage with solar PV is the perfect complement to diesel backup at critical production facilities, such as medical manufacturing plants – especially in regions where the grid is prone to outages. With an intelligently controlled system, resiliency improves, costs decrease, and diesel use is minimized,” explains Erick Peterson, VP of Marketing, Demand Energy.

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Top 2

Solar-Diesel Hybrid Is Profitable Even In Alaska: Naknek augments power supply with new solar plant

CapStone Solutions developed and installed what is currently the largest solar array in Alaska. The 80.08 kW plant is situated in the tundra near Pederson Point and was sold to Naknek Electric Association.

http://kdlg.org/post/naknek-augments-power-supply-new-solar-array#stream/0

“Despite the lack of significant solar resource, solar + storage is still the least cost option when combined with an existing diesel grid in the far North. The inclusion of solar into a diesel micro grid can cut diesel power use by up to 50%,” comments David Nicol, CapStone's director of solar development.

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Top 3

Brazil Issues Call For Solar-Diesel Hybrid Projects

Brazil's energy planning agency EPE has called for expressions of interest in solar-diesel hybrid power generation projects in the Amazon region. The solar-diesel plants would meet electricity demand in 54 off-grid areas served by Eletrobras Distribuição Amazonas.

http://www.epe.gov.br/geracao/Documents/NT%20Sist%20H%C3%ADbrido%20Grupo%20B%20AmE%20(EPE-DEE-NT-091_2016-r0).pdf

http://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/electricpower/brazil-issues-call-for-solar-diesel-hybrid-projects

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Top 4

Multicon Solar’s Mobile Solar Container Wins Prestigious Energy Globe Award

Each solar container has a capacity of up to 86 kWp and stores up to 150 kWh of solar power. They can generate single-phase or three-phase power. The containers can be coupled together and can be scaled up to several megawatts. This also makes it possible to cover the electricity needs of hospitals, refugee camps, water desalination plants and hotel facilities. Multicon received the award for which more than 2000 projects were nominated at the ceremony of the UN Climate Conference in Marrakesh. 

http://www.pv-magazine.de/unternehmensmeldungen/details/beitrag/multicon-solar-wins-the-prestigious-energy-globe-award-for-its-mobile-solar-container_100025244/

“Our container is the perfect solution for the electrification of remote areas. You don't need an expert technician on the ground, anyone can start it up,” explains Sven Leinardi, Executive Manager at Multicon Solar Group

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Top 5

IRENA Announces Funding Round for Renewables in Developing Nations

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have opened a fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects in developing countries. In the past many solar-diesel hybrid microgrids were funded.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/11/irena-announces-funding-round-for-renewables-in-developing-nations.html

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07

Dec

2016

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – November 2016 by THEnergy

The November edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features Tesla, SolarCity, Redavia, Shanta Gold, New Sun Road, Microsoft, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye Resort, Omni Power and Astronergy. In the past month, we have seen interesting microgrid projects on islands, solar for the mining industry and a large-scale commercial PV solution for post-offices in Bangladesh.

 

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Tesla Powers American Samoan Island With Solar-Storage Microgrid

Tesla and SolarCity have deployed a solar plus storage microgrid on the island of Ta’u located more than 4,000 miles from the U.S. West Coast. Before, the island had suffered power rationing and outages. The microgrid consists of a 1.4 MW PV array and 6 MWh of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. Diesel gensets are only used as back-up.

http://www.decentralized-energy.com/articles/2016/11/american-samoan-island-powered-by-solar-storage-microgrid.html

 

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Redavia to Expand Its Shanta Gold Mine PV Project to 672kW in Tanzania

The expansion project is the second phase of a two-phased process to increase New Luika's use of solar energy. The existing 63kW rental solar power plant built in 2014 will be extended by 609kW. Work on the expansion plant has already begun and will continue into 2017.

https://www.miningreview.com/news/redavia-to-boost-solar-capacity-at-new-luika-gold-mine/

"Shanta Gold's decision to expand Redavia's rental solar farm to more than ten-fold is strong proof that rental solar makes sense for off-grid mines”, comments Erwin Spolders, CEO of Redavia.

 

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Microsoft Supported Start-up New Sun Road Powers Islands in Southern Uganda

The 50,000 inhabitants of the Ssese Islands in Uganda depend largely on the fishing industry. New Sun Road built solar microgrids that substituted costly diesel energy and provides reliable power supply for the local industry.

http://nextbillion.net/an-opportunity-for-small-businesses-expanding-affordable-internet-access-grant-applications-open-today/

“New Sun Road’s project delivers affordable, clean energy and productive services to rural small businesses, many of them operated by women. We believe their solution will massively scale in the years to come due to their significant investments in leveraging the power of big data, the cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to deliver clean energy and connectivity more efficiently and effectively”, explains Kevin Connolly, Business Development at Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative. Jalel Sager, Director of New Sun Road adds: “Uganda has all the right conditions for a vibrant solar market—lots of off-grid users, plenty of sunshine, and fluency in mobile money. Once its small-power producer regulations become firmer and more evenly enforced, we can expect to see a very quick uptake.”

 

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Island Resort in Belize Will Be Powered By Renewables 

Blackadore Caye Resort off the Atlantic coast of Belize was planned by Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd. There will be 36 residential estate homes and 36 bookable bungalows spread over the island's 104 acres. Solar panels will be installed to generate as much renewable energy as possible. 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-07/leonardo-dicaprio-s-private-island-resort-blackadore-caye-belize 

This could be an interesting reference for renewable energy players. If DiCaprio is ambitious, he could create another flagship example for renewables on islands, like Over Yonder Cay of the Bosarge Family Office, Richard Branson’s Necker Island or Club Med’s Gasfinolhu Island.

 

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Omni Power equips 8,500 post offices in Bangladesh with solar

The PV installations will provide a reliable off grid power source to post offices in remote regions where power cuts or lack of grid connection are a problem. The Bangladeshi Government will cover the costs, which amount to US$20 million. Many PV plants will reduce diesel consumption. The PV modules will be delivered by Astronergy.

http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/astronergy-equips-bangladesh-post-offices-with-solar-modules_100026894/#ixzz4S8xisbAY

 

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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – October 2016 by THEnergy

The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features KarmSolar, SolarAfrica, Singita, Tesla, Sungrow, Aquion Energy, Blue Sky Utility, Bpi, Luxor Solar, Juhayna, and Alpha Omega Winery. As in September, we see interesting projects with energy storage. We also see that the microgrid idea enters new markets such as Egypt and Croatia.

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Egypt’s first large-scale off-grid solar plant is a solar-diesel hybrid system

KarmSolar added 1 MWp PV to an existing 5 MW diesel plant that powers a dairy farm owned by a subsidiary of Juhayna.

http://enterprise.press/stories/2016/10/05/karmsolar-launches-egypts-first-off-grid-solar-plant/

KarmSolar believes the off-grid solar/diesel potential lies in the growing off-grid agricultural and tourism sectors in Egypt and MEA. By offering our clients turnkey and PPA options, KarmSolar is able to successfully penetrate these traditionally diesel dependent sectors enabling the quick commercial replacement of expensive diesel fuel with clean solar power,” comments Ahmed Zahran, CEO of KarmSolar.

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SolarAfrica uses a 3.15MWh Tesla Powerpack to power an off-grid solar system at a luxury safari lodge South Africa

Singita has partnered with clean energy solutions provider SolarAfrica to build, own and operate a hybrid microgrid solution for Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges. The lodges are located in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

https://electrek.co/2016/10/05/tesla-powerpack-power-off-grid-solar-system-safari-lodge-africa/

Energy storage is the 'missing link' in the evolution of renewables. Projects like our clean energy solution with Singita are essential to showcase how we will be powering ourselves in the not too distant future. These remote projects are commercially viable near zero carbon solutions. Something unheard of a few years back and demonstrates the exciting advancements taking place in battery storage,” says SolarAfrica’s Executive Director, James Irons. “A microgrid with battery storage is ideally suited to offgrid safari lodges as it allows for the optimal use of clean renewable energy which is in line with the conservation ethos of most safari businesses. Reducing generator run time means a lower carbon footprint and less invasive noise for guests in camp,” adds Luke Bailes, Singita's Owner and Chief Executive Officer.

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Sungrow connects 13 MWp solar+storage microgrid plant in China

The grid-connected system is the highest microgrid in the world. It is located in the harsh environs of Shuanghu, Tibet. The microgrid consists of 13 MWp of solar PV and 7 MW of battery energy storage.

http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/sungrow-connects-20-mw-solarstorage-microgrid-plant-in-china_100026665/#ixzz4PRvHO6Zg

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Napa Valley Alpha Omega Winery installs solar+storage microgrid

Alpha Omega, located in the Rutherford Bench area of California’s Napa Valley, has inaugurated a microgrid system with 400 kW of PV and 580 kWh of battery energy storage from Aquion Energy. According to Alpha Omega, the microgrid system reduces the winery’s average monthly utility bill from USD15,000 to USD1,000. The project developer Blue Sky Utility compiled the financing structure and the microgrid solution in conjunction with EPC company Bpi.

http://solarindustrymag.com/napa-valley-winery-installs-solarstorage-microgrid/

"Solar and energy storage systems enable wineries to generate and store solar energy for on-demand use. This allows them to lower their electricity bills, avoid peak demand or time of use charges, be more independent from the grid, and have their own energy source in the case of a grid outage. With storage, wineries can maximize their use of solar and power more of their business from clean energy," explains Tim Poor, Chief Commercial Officer at Aquion Energy.

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Solar powered orchard irrigation system in Croatia replaced diesel power

The photovoltaic system with 90.75 kW powers water pumps to irrigate the orchards at the plant Rabo I - III. The irrigation system in Kneževi Vinogradi produces 123.2 MWh electricity p.a. which covers 100 percent of the total demand for the new SPS. The estimated CO2 savings are 48.44 tons p.a. Luxor Solar has delivered the PV modules. 

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Installation/Solar-powered-orchard-irrigation-system-in-Croatia-saves-33-500-litres-diesel-yearly

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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – April 2017 by THEnergy

The April edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” leads with another large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant in the mining industry. It features Aggreko, Nevsun, Facebook, Microsoft, Allotrope Partners, Microgrid Investment Accelerator, Dongfang Electric Corporation, and US Air Force. Our Top 5 covers projects and initiatives in Eritrea, the USA, Angola, and Mauritania.

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