The Microgrid Perspective Channel

Guest columns by leading industry experts delivering a microgrid perspective on energy resiliency, sustainability and the future of distributed energy.

Microgrid Financing: How to Fund Your Project

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, shares insights on microgrid financing, power purchase agreements and energy-as-a-service.  The value of microgrids is clear — all around the world, microgrids are helping advance energy resilience, sustainability and efficiency. Yet project financing remains one of the … [Read more...]

Major Hurdles to the Fast and Scalable Deployment of Microgrids in the Defense and Government Marketplace

Michael Stadler, CTO, and Zach Pecenak, lead engineer at Xendee share three key elements for project success and efficiency for defense and government microgrids. Microgrids are considered to be a key element for energy security within the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal and state agencies. However, they are complex systems … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Why Resilient Organizations Bounce Back Faster and Higher

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explains how electric power resilience solutions help organizations bounce back quickly in times of crisis.  “Resilience” applies to many dimensions of operation. In this article, we’re primarily talking about electric power resilience, however, the principles apply to … [Read more...]

Disaster Response DERs Are a Logical Choice for Companies and Government

Lauren Flanagan, executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, shares insights around the use of DERs and nanogrids as part of a disaster response to extreme weather and power outages. Distributed energy resource systems (DERs) are the future of sustainable, resilient, clean electricity and are a perfect fit for the humanitarian effort … [Read more...]

New Video: Crisis Communications in the Age of Extremes

In this new age where extreme events are becoming more commonplace, how can we enhance critical communication between utilities, customers and other stakeholders? Find out in a new video from Hoffman Power Consulting. A new age There’s little doubt about it: We’ve entered an age of extremes. According to an Accenture survey, most utility … [Read more...]

A Powerful Combination: Blending the Benefits of Renewables and Diesel in Microgrids

Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales at Volvo Penta of the Americas, discusses the benefits of blending renewable energy sources with diesel generators in a microgrid. Governments across the globe are calling for an accelerated transition to decarbonization and increased integration of renewables into energy systems. While much … [Read more...]

So You Want to Build a DC Microgrid?

Hanan Fishman, president of Alencon Systems, discusses practical considerations for building a DC microgrid. In the last article on this topic, we discussed the relative merits of building a DC microgrid. We, of course, won’t regurgitate that information, as you can read it for yourself by clicking here. At this point, we’ll assume you are … [Read more...]

New Video: Beyond Resilience in the Age of Extremes

How can we enhance resilience, decarbonize and enhance electricity affordability — all with the same solution? Find out in a new video from Hoffman Power Consulting. The age of extremes Our world is changing; we seem to have entered an age of extremes. As we’ve all seen, hurricanes are increasing in frequency and intensity. Unprecedented … [Read more...]

The Strategic Role of AI for Microgrids

Sean McEvoy, senior VP Energy at Veritone, describes AI for microgrids and explains how it provides reliable power with speed and precision. The AI challenge: Predicting the unpredictable Advanced microgrids manage a range of variables in their effort to produce the cleanest, most efficient and most reliable energy. Even under ideal … [Read more...]

Building the Business Case for Resilience

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton shares insights on how to gain approval for microgrid projects by building the business case for resilience. Extreme weather events are affecting millions of people with increasing frequency. The National Climate Assessment reports the number of heat waves, heavy downpours … [Read more...]