Smart Villages News 133 – Where the military leads will others follow?

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Personal security has always been high on the agenda when we have asked villagers about the benefits of renewable energy and has helped promote the bottom-up case for mini-grids. An article this week from Michigan University suggests that concerns about national security could also provide top-down reasons for the use of off-grid energy. The authors note that many military bases in the U.S. are now running on mini-grids to ensure security as part of a national plan. They postulate that this could set an example to other key power-vulnerable facilities such as hospitals,
sanitation works, and government departments. Meanwhile don’t forget our photo competition closes soon – looking forward to your entries.

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