Microgrid Knowledge Industry Perspectives Channel

Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities

How can microgrids help marginalized communities move forward? Schneider Electric's Don Wingate offers insight and explains steps community leaders can take now in a Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge. What makes microgrids uniquely suited to help empower marginalized communities? The core of the issue is the fact that economically … [Read more...]

It Takes a Village to Build a Microgrid, and the Village Needs a ‘Mayor’

S&C Electric’s Erik Svanholm explores the human element of building a microgrid, and what goes into advanced microgrid design.  Much has been written about the vast technical progress in advanced microgrid design and the avenues to finance these critical systems. Understanding the complexities of design and finance is critical to a … [Read more...]

What are Connected Communities? And Why are they the Future?

Someday soon, you might live in a building that is connected to others in a way that helps reduce your utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions, write Victor Olgyay and Seth Coan of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Here they explain the emergence of connected communities. Looking out your window you might see another building. … [Read more...]

Utilities Explore New Microgrid Strategies: Americas Offer Most Promise

The global market for grid-tied utility microgrids is expected to grow just under a billion dollars in 2020 to approximately $6.8 billion annually by 2029. Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse, explains the story behind the numbers. The electric utility industry may have started with microgrids when Thomas Edison pioneered the … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Covid-19 Impact on Universities: Microgrids for Resilience, Cost Savings & Sustainability

Bill Kipnis, of the Siemens Building Performance & Sustainability Division, explores how university microgrids can ramp up resilience, cost savings and sustainability — all crucially important in navigating the COVID-19 impact on these institutions.  I recently moderated a higher education panel at Microgrid Knowledge’s Virtual Microgrid … [Read more...]

Sustaining the Future of Indoor Vertical Farming with Microgrids

Schneider Electric's Don Wingate discusses how microgrids can help the indoor vertical farming movement realize its full potential.  While indoor agriculture has steadily gained traction in recent years as the world seeks alternative ways to feed growing populations, the uncertainty of today’s global pandemic has accelerated a rethinking of … [Read more...]

What Trends are Driving Growth for the Microgrid Market?

John Hostetter, Ameresco senior engineering & technology development lead, sits down with Microgrid Knowledge to share his views on what's driving the microgrid market and the sectors and regions seeing the most activity. How would you characterize the microgrid market now versus where it was last year? What changes have you … [Read more...]

How can Resilience Tariffs Improve Microgrid Economics?

Microgrids bring benefits to communities and cities, but economic barriers can stand in the way of their deployment. Mehdi Ganji, smart cities vice president at Willdan Energy Solutions, discusses the use of resilience tariffs to overcome these barriers in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. How do microgrids fit into … [Read more...]

Among the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Many Lessons for Businesses is a Greater Need for Energy Resilience

Matt Cinadr, Veolia principal engineer, project development, walks readers through a series of business lessons from the coronavirus that highlight the importance of energy resiliency in today's climate.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide businesses profound insight about how quickly their fortunes can change, and how they can be … [Read more...]

How Will Delay Related to Covid-19 Affect California Microgrid Legislation?

Vote Solar predicted 2020 “was going to be the year of the microgrid” in the California legislature. Then COVID-19 hit. What seemed to be the turning point for microgrids in a state ravaged by extensive wildfires for the last three years is now stalling due to shortened legislative sessions. Most legislation stalls, may return in 2021 How can … [Read more...]