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  • Sterling, MA Solar and Energy Storage System

    While this system is on the grid, it’s a good example of how similar microgrids and remote islanded grids are in their set up and function. As configured, the Sterling system reduces costs when connected to the grid and if the community were to lose power from the grid, it can provide power for the police station and other vital

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  • Monhegan Island celebrates completion of multi-year clean energy initiative for community, art museum

    MONHEGAN ISLAND, ME — On Monday, August 21st, state and federal representatives, island leaders, and community partners joined the Monhegan community at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of a comprehensive upgrade to the island’s energy systems. The culmination of countless hours of hard work, the project enables the community-owned Monhegan Plantation Power District (MPPD) to power the island with cleaner burning

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  • April 2017 Cemai Energy Summit Workshop in Bethel Alaska

                      The Calista Energy Management Assistance Initiative (CEMAI), a part of the Calista Regional Corporation, held its first regional workshop in Bethel, AK, on April 19 & 20, 2017. Funded primarily by the US Department of Energy – Office of Indian Energy, the two-day workshop brought together about 75 people from all

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  • 2017 Alaska Wind-Diesel Workshop

    The Alaska Wind-Diesel Workshop sponsored by Alaska Energy Authority and hosted by Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) was held in Fairbanks on June 20-21, 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska. More than 70 attendees from Alaska and around the Arctic gathered for a day of training sessions and a full day of panel sessions. Participants were welcomed to the workshop by University

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  • Islanded Grids Featured at the 2017 Island Energy Conference: Charting Transitions

    The Island Energy Conference (IEC), hosted by the Island Institute and the Islanded Grid Resource Center, brings together 150 island leaders and energy experts to discuss common energy challenges and to learn more about resources that exist to address these challenges. This year’s event will highlight how New England’s islands are charting the course toward a sustainable energy future, mapping out their transitions to clean energy systems that strengthen local communities and economies.

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  • Windmills or Reactor Cores? Inside South Africa’s Energy Clash

    New York Times UPINGTON, South Africa — In one of the most sun-drenched corners of the planet, a 670-foot tower rises above a desert dotted with 4,160 mirrors. Tracking the sun throughout the day, the mirrors, called heliostats, redirect the sun’s rays into the tower, where water is heated to generate steam — and electricity. Since the plant, Khi Solar

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  • April 2016 Islanded Grid Wind Power Workshop

    (*Scroll below to end  of the recap to see and download presentations*) The Islanded Grid Resource Center (IGRC) hosted its annual Islanded Grid Wind Power Workshop in Fairbanks Alaska on April 28-30, 2016. About 60 attendees gathered for a full day to discuss the technical, financial, political, and human capacity challenges facing remote, islanded grid systems and the solutions for overcoming

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  • 2016 Southern New England Island Energy Exchange Trip

    The Island Institute and the Islanded Grid Resource Center recently hosted the third annual New England Island Energy Exchange, a trip which brought island energy leaders from Maine to learn from a series of exciting and well-established energy initiatives on the non-islanded grids of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts.  The goals of the trip were to: Advance understanding of renewable

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  • April 28-29 Islanded Grid Wind Power Workshop • Fairbanks, Alaska

    This reception and workshop is aimed at wind systems in island and islanded grids. Learn, network and share information through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue and training. Sessions will cover the state of the technology and markets as well as key issues such as energy storage and O&M. MORE INFO: conta.cc/20VM9av

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  • Communities matter in offshore wind development

    Like moths to a flame, the press was all over the start of construction on the Block Island Wind Farm last July. After a decade-plus of starts and lawsuit-induced stops, America’s first offshore wind project was finally being built. The stories covered the prerequisite details: size of the project, cost, technology being used, and of course the politics behind it. Absent from most discussions, however, were voices from the project’s host community, Block Island. As director of the Community Energy Program at an organization that places year-round island communities at the center of its mission, it was hard to let…

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