Three Events that Signal Change in the Microgrid Landscape

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As energy insiders gathered in Chicago last week at Microgrid 2018, three events unfolded that signal how microgrid growth may take shape in the coming months and years. The first is the accession of microgrid champion Anne Pramaggiore to CEO of Exelon Utilities, one of the largest utilities in the US. The second was an entrance of an oil … [Read more...]

Reliability-as-a-Service: What is an Affordable Microgrid?

This is part three of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid. This post focuses on how the reliability-as-a-service model paves the way for microgrid installation without high upfront costs and development and operational … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another presentation … [Read more...]

Biggest Stumbling Block to Microgrids? “We’ve Always Done it that Way”

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What is the biggest stumbling block to microgrids? It’s no longer cost or financing or technology. Instead, the problem is more human centric: Fear of change. That’s one of the insights Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self offered in an interview leading up to Microgrid 2018, underway this week in Chicago. Self, senior vice president strategy, … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids: Why is it so Important?

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In this week’s Industry Perspective, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores financing microgrids and the different options available to today's businesses.  It is not uncommon for someone to have a great idea but then hit a funding wall when trying to make the idea a reality. The television show Shark Tank is a … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Finance Strategy that Aims for Scale

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Microgrid finance for behind-the-meter projects has been primarily a bespoke, one-off affair involving a single asset. Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN), backed by The Carlyle Group, aims to change that. The Boston, Mass.-based company has assembled what it believes are the critical elements needed to streamline, accelerate and expand microgrids on … [Read more...]

Installing an Affordable Microgrid — Before Calamity

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This is part one of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid. This post focuses on how microgrid installation needs to be an integral part of any pre-emptive storm hardening or business resiliency planning.  2017 proved to be … [Read more...]

Seeking the Right Business Model for Sub-Saharan Africa’s $11B Mini-grid Opportunity

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Work is underway by a new Rockefeller Foundation-backed lab to test mini-grid business models for Sub-Saharan Africa, where the technology could cost-effectively serve 100 million people, representing an $11 billion opportunity. In all, about 600 million people in the area do not have electricity, a problem being tackled by the Mini-Grid … [Read more...]

Tax Law, Equipment Leasing and Microgrid Finance

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Equipment lease financing is now being used to create a low-cost path to microgrid ownership. But getting there takes an experienced, insider's knowledge of energy tax rules and regulations. It's those attributes that best distinguish CleanView Capital, according to founder and Managing Partner Stanley Fishbein, a tax attorney with 35 years of … [Read more...]

With a $30M Fund, Crescendo Power Offers Insight into the State of Play for Microgrid Financing

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As the microgrid market evolves, so does microgrid project finance. That's leading some finance providers to be more proactive in identifying promising deals and striking up working partnerships. Developers will gain an advantage if from the earliest stages they work closely with financiers that have the expertise and capital to execute deals … [Read more...]