31 May '15, 6am

New study: Hybridising electricity grids with solar PV saves costs, especially benefits state-owned utilities

The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance has published a new study on economic benefits of hybridising diesel-powered electricity grids with solar photovoltaics (PV). In areas distant from main power grids, regional isolated grids – often referred to as mini-grids – are often the main source of electricity to industry and households. Power generation usually relies on diesel fuel, often imported over long distances. Yet generating costs can be reduced by hybridising these grids with PV or other renewable power sources. On the basis of seven case studies in as many countries, this study finds that financing costs for a hybridisation project can be a major driver of electricity generation costs. Amongst other things, financing costs largely depend on the ownership structure of the power plant. Significant cost reductions for s...

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