The distributed renewable energy (DRE) sector, necessary in a world with millions of people without power, is being held back by a chronic shortage of skilled workers. Indeed, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) has just 16,000 people working in renewable energy in a region with 600 million un-electrified people, according to the founders of a new campaign aiming to fill this skills gap.
Australian steel company Bluescope has signed a 7-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with ESCO Pacific and Schneider Electric for 88MW of generation from a 133MW solar project in the state of New South Wales (NSW).
Indian megastar Sachin Tendulkar, famed worldwide as one of the greatest ever cricket players, has partnered with Schneider Electric to provide solar home lighting systems to more than 25,000 Indian villagers, in just the first phase of a major programme.
Schneider Electric is launching the ‘Conext SmartGen’ an intelligent, cloud-connected 1500 volt utility scale power conversion system, with a suite of supporting software solutions called the ‘Power EcoSystem’, including the cloud-based monitoring and control solution ‘Conext Advisor 2’.