Rwanda Solar Energy Field

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Rwanda Solar Energy Field 8.5 Megawatt (MW) solar field at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Rwanda is in dire need of electricity – less than 15 per cent of the population has access to power, and the country relies on diesel fuel, which is highly polluting. With the project, the East African nation’s generating capacity surged six per cent.
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Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm

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Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 138 MW. It is located between the town of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp, approximately 70 km west of Port Elizabeth in the Kouga Municipality.
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Sidrap Wind Farm

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Sidrap Wind Farm at South Sulawesi (first utility scale wind farm in Indonesia)
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Power Africa in Lugari, Kenya

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Power Africa: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies Peter Mutai, 42, in Lugari, Kakamega County was among the first members of Lugari Boda SACCO to apply for a loan to buy a 4A solar lantern. "The 4A has 4 bulbs and costs 8500 shillings (USD 84) and is enough for my three-roomed house. One bulb is placed outside to provide lighting at night and for security purposes," Mutai said. More than 95 percent of Lugari SACCO members are not connected to the electricity grid. Off-grid energy solutions empowers the members to improve their lives and conserve the environment. Boma Safi won $100,000 from USADF's Off-grid Energy Challenge to increase the distribution of its solar lanterns and efficient cook stove products to rural populations in Kenya. As part of Power Africa, the Off-Grid Challenge is helping ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Power Africa in Senegal

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Power Africa in Senegal SIPANE - SENEGAL: Villagers show Sipane village as the solar powered changed their lives on August 02 2017 in Sipane, Senegal.
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Philippines CREZ development accelerated through research exchange on NREL's campus

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The USAID and NREL Partnership hosted a modeling group from the Philippines at NREL's campus for a month-long research exchange supporting the Philippines' development of competitive renewable energy zones (CREZ). By working directly with NREL's power sector experts, the group, composed of partners from the Philippines Department of Energy (PDOE) and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), refined key models used to enable proactive transmission planning for scaling up renewable energy and better utilizing the Philippines' indigenous renewable energy resources.

Hanzel Cubangbang, of the NGCP, presents details about the transmission planning model to a group of NREL and USAID team members in a collaboration session. Read more about the exchange at: http://bit.ly/2m5yq9e. Photo taken by Werner Slocum. July 30, 2019

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SODAR transported to site to take meteorological measurements for wind resource assessment

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A group of people and water buffaloes transport a large meteorological instrument in a rice paddy.
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The Bangladesh Wind Resource Assessment project, made possible with support from USAID's Bangladesh mission, the Bangladesh Power Division, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, focused on utilizing observed data from meteorological stations to adjust and inform a model that created a database for Bangladeshi investors, policy-makers, and transmission planners to quantify and locate where the best wind resource and development sites were.

In this photo, a meteorological instrument, called SODAR (Sonic Detection And Ranging), is transported to the site, a rice paddy in Rangpur, Bangladesh, where it will take meteorological measurements for one year. Read more about the project in this report: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy18osti/71077.pdf. Photo taken by Harness Energy, 2015.

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Power sector resilience action plans tangibly benefit communities

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 residents play and fish in the rising flood waters in Vientiane, Laos at sunset.
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The USAID-NREL Partnership, in coordination with Clean Power Asia, partnered with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the Lao PDR power sector. The assessment included a review of climate change related risks as well as vulnerabilities related to technological and human-related threats. At the time of the assessment, the Lao PDR was experiencing severe flooding related to greater than normal rainfall and tropical storms.

Impacts from these threats include potential fuel supply shortages for transportation and energy generation, physical infrastructure damage, shifts in energy demand, and disruption of electricity supply to the end user. These disruptions adversely affect critical services and facilities such as hospital services, water treatment, and communications networks. Despite significant infrastructure vulnerability to climate threats, the people of the Lao PDR display incredible resilience. Here, residents play and fish in the rising flood waters in Vientiane, Laos.

Learn more about planning a resilient power sector at the Resilient Energy Platform website: http://bit.ly/30LeCqV. Learn more about the power sector vulnerability assessment in this webinar: http://bit.ly/2P3Triy. Photo taken by Sherry Stout, NREL, August 2018.

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Siting infrastructure in Lao PDR identified as vulnerability in country's power sector

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The USAID-NREL Partnership, in coordination with Clean Power Asia, partnered with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the country's power sector. The assessment included a review of climate change related risks as well as vulnerabilities related to technological and human-related threats. At the time of the assessment, the Lao PDR was experiencing severe flooding related to greater than normal rainfall and tropical storms.

Flooding submerged this local shop on the banks of the Mekong River in Vientiane, Laos. The assessment showed that lack of policy for resilient siting of infrastructure posed a significant risk in the Lao PDR. Learn more about planning a resilient power sector at the Resilient Energy Platform website: http://bit.ly/30LeCqV. Learn more about the power sector vulnerability assessment in this webinar: http://bit.ly/2P3Triy. Photo taken by Sherry Stout, NREL, August 2018.

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Extreme weather events pose threat to power distribution networks in Lao PDR

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A power distribution line in a flood zone at dusk.
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The USAID-NREL Partnership, in coordination with Clean Power Asia, partnered with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the country's power sector. The assessment included a review of climate change related risks as well as vulnerabilities related to technological and human-related threats. At the time of the assessment, the Lao PDR was experiencing severe flooding related to greater than normal rainfall and tropical storms.

Flooding and other extreme weather events can damage generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure and cause both short- and long-term outages. This photo shows power distribution equipment located within the flood zone in Vientiane, Laos. The vulnerability assessment analyzed risks related to power sector equipment sited in hazard zones.

Learn more about planning a resilient power sector at the Resilient Energy Platform website: http://bit.ly/30LeCqV. Learn more about the Lao PDR power sector vulnerability assessment in this webinar: http://bit.ly/2P3Triy. Photo taken by Sherry Stout, NREL, August 2018.

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