Energypedia Mini-grid Webinar Series – What happens when the national grid arrives?

Energypedia Mini-grid Webinar Series – What happens when the national grid arrives?

Energypedia’s second in the series of Mini-Grid Webinars will be focusing on what happens to mini-grids when the National Grid arrives. An issue which has been discussed repeatedly at recent LCEDN events.

Information from Energypedia.

Grid interconnection of micro/mini hydro mini-grids: What happens when the national grid arrives? Thursday, 1 June 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

An increasing number of mini-grids built for rural communities are facing the “question” of what happens to the mini-grid when the national grid arrives. Whether this is a serious problem or rather a big opportunity for the community depends on a number of parameters. Micro and mini hydropower systems which in general provide inexpensive renewable energy 24-hours a day can benefit from the grid’s ability to absorb electricity even at times of the day (or night) when local loads are low.This second webinar in the series will present examples from Indonesia and Sri Lanka where micro and mini hydropower (MHP) systems have been successfully connected to the national grid and even benefited the local community. Country experts will describe how micro and mini hydropower developed in their country and what happened when the grid arrived. They will also explain the current conditions for grid interconnection (e.g. feed-in tariff, technical requirements and economic aspects) as well as the consequential opportunities and challenges for MHP owners.

Particularly in south and southeast Asian countries where national grids are extended not always in a “predictable” way, grid interconnection of MHP systems has emerged as an important topic, ruled by the following aspects:

  • options for net metering, level of feed-in tariffs (FiT’s) and other policies and regulatory frameworks that support grid interconnection of decentralised renewables.
  • clarity about ownership of the MHP system – especially for subsidised systems – and thus clarity about WHO benefits from the additional revenues.
  • optional change of tariff systems for consumers on the (former) mini-grid.
  • Possibility to still operate the mini-grid in an isolated mode in case of outages in the big grid.

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