Developing Countries Can Use Microgrids to Leapfrog Past Centralized Utilities
Just as mobile phones in developing countries leapfrogged the landline era, the Rocky Mountain Institute says microgrids can deliver affordable electricity to nations and communities that have never had wide access to the centralized power grid.
“Will microgrids allow developing nations to leapfrog past the large, sprawling transmission systems of the industrialized world into a new energy paradigm?” Guevara-Stone asks. “In many regions of the world, there may be no other option for people to get access to electricity than through renewable-powered microgrids. In other areas that do have grid power, the power can be so unreliable that microgrids offer a safer, more reliable alternative.”