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Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories about how microgrids are changing the lives of communities who previously have had to live without electricity. 

Microgrids rely on a combination of energy sources, ranging from biomass to wind to solar, that are localized in small communities to provide needed electricity; they are designed exclusively to meet local energy demands. Microgrids are also highly efficient because energy is not lost through transmission and distribution from distant places. And, they provide backup generation and energy storage to maximize the energy being produced.

From India to Nigeria, microgrids have brought clean electricity to new areas and are improving local economies. A startup in Bangladesh is even allowing villagers to sell extra electricity to one another. Many developed countries are also investing in microgrids as an alternative to their macro-grid systems. A microgrid project in California, for example, has lowered utility bills, provided cleaner energy and proven to be more resilient against natural disasters and power outages. 

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Stories In This Collection (5)

How an IIT Madras Initiative Is Powering 9,000 Homes at a Fraction of Traditional Electricity Costs

How an IIT Madras Initiative Is Powering 9,000 ...
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This startup lets villagers create mini power grids for their neighbors

This startup lets villagers create mini power g...
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Solar Mini-Grids Give Nigeria a Power Boost

Solar Mini-Grids Give Nigeria a Power Boost
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Lessons Learned From California's Pioneering Microgrids

Lessons Learned From California's Pioneering Mi...
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Yemen's ‘microgrid girls' power community amid war and COVID-19

Yemen's ‘microgrid girls' power community amid ...
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