Puerto Rico Microgrid Market to More than Double…Australia Advocacy Group Forms…Nigeria Extends RFP Deadline

June 5, 2019
Microgrid market to double in Puerto Rico…Out of Australia’s vibrant microgrid market, an advocacy group forms…Nigeria extends deadline for minigrid proposals
Microgrid market to double in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s microgrid market will more than double by the end of 2024, reaching 228 MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.

The report say that firms will compete for $419 million in projects at the top of the market.

The US territory now ranks 14 among state markets for microgrid capacity, according to the research firm. As of March, it had  26 microgrids totaling 86 MW.

Puerto Rico’s flight to microgridding followed Hurricane Maria, which in 2017 destroyed much of the island’s central grid.

Since the hurricane, Puerto Rico has seen an increase in microgrids, reaching a total of 26 installations with 86MW of generation capacity as of March 2019. This makes Puerto Rico the 14th largest state market by total installed microgrid capacity.

Isaac Maze-Rothstein, research associate with Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, said: “Current policy uncertainty will prevent many microgrids from coming online during the 2019-2020 period. This can be traced back to the historic lack of clarity on interconnection, as well as the ongoing privatisation process of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.”

He added: “However, as these barriers will be largely resolved by 2020, we see significant growth starting in 2021. We are optimistic offtakers will be able to monetise net metering for microgrids, have standardised interconnection costs, and access increasingly affordable third-party financing.”

Out of Australia’s vibrant microgrid market, an advocacy group forms

A new Australia-based organization has formed to accelerate global development of microgrids.

Called the International Microgrid Association (IMA), the group is based in Perth, Western Australia, which is undergoing rapid development of microgrids. Horizon Power, a utility that is a founding member of IMA, owns and operates 37 microgrids across the state.

Other members of IMA include Cisco, Schneider Electric, Telstra, UWA, Woodside and ATCO Gas.

“The focus of this industry-first development body is to bring together key players to support, through cross-sector collaboration, investment and acceleration of innovative, cost effective microgrid technologies and capabilities across the world,” said Terry Mohn, IMA chair. “In doing this, our aim is to underscore the reliability, resilience, security and inter-operability of these modern energy systems.’

In Australia, the federal government recently announced a $50 million budget proposal to support feasibility studies for microgrids to help power regional and remote communities.

“Western Australia, through Horizon Power’s world-leading distributed energy resources projects and trials, is leading the international microgrid sector, making WA an obvious choice for the IMA’s base,” Mohn said.

Nigeria extends deadline for minigrid proposals

The Nigerian government has extended its June 3 deadline to June 17 in the first phase of its solicitation for minigrid projects, part of a program to finance rural electrification.

In the ‘invitation for initial selection,’ Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA) seeks solar hybrid minigrid projects for 57 sites, packaged into four lots in the Niger, Sokoto, Ogun, and Cross River states. A full request for propoals will be issued in the second phase, planned for July.

Bid winners will receive subsidies to build, own, and operate the minigrids. Proposals will be evaluated based on project quality and price. Winners will receive performance-based grants with the amount determined competitively through the tender.

Those interested in participating can contact REA, Attn: Esther Adejoke Odumusu Head, PMU – NEP No. 22 Freetown, Wuse II 900288, Abuja Nigeria Tel: +234 803 499 5157 Tel: +234 817 217 2915 E-mail: [email protected]. the initial selection web page is http://rea.gov.ng/mini-grid-ten.

Track news about the microgrid market. Subscribe to the free Microgrid Knowledge newsletter.

About the Author

Elisa Wood | Editor-in-Chief

Elisa Wood is an award-winning writer and editor who specializes in the energy industry. She is chief editor and co-founder of Microgrid Knowledge and serves as co-host of the publication’s popular conference series. She also co-founded RealEnergyWriters.com, where she continues to lead a team of energy writers who produce content for energy companies and advocacy organizations.

She has been writing about energy for more than two decades and is published widely. Her work can be found in prominent energy business journals as well as mainstream publications. She has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal and other notable media outlets.

“For an especially readable voice in the industry, the most consistent interpreter across these years has been the energy journalist Elisa Wood, whose Microgrid Knowledge (and conference) has aggregated more stories better than any other feed of its time,” wrote Malcolm McCullough, in the book, Downtime on the Microgrid, published by MIT Press in 2020.

Twitter: @ElisaWood

LinkedIn: Elisa Wood

Facebook:  Microgrids

Exploring the Potential of Community Microgrids Through Three Innovative Case Studies

April 8, 2024
Community microgrids represent a burgeoning solution to meet the energy needs of localized areas and regions. These microgrids are clusters of interconnected energy resources,...

Fpo H2 Innovation Experience Rendering Preferred

Emerson Technologies Help SoCalGas Deliver Clean Energy for [H2] Innovation Experience

The drive for a renewable, carbon-free energy transition reaches individual residences and consumers with small-scale hydrogen production and utilization.