The Microgrid Perspective Channel

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

Unleashing renewable fuels now to bridge the gap to net zero

Chris Ellis, executive vice president of distributed infrastructure at PowerSecure, explores why renewable fuels such as renewable diesel should be considered by businesses looking to ensure reliable, safe and low-carbon backup power generation. It’s no surprise businesses are racing to install backup generation resources to boost the … [Read more...]

Modular microgrids: Driving the soft costs away via standardization

Norm Campbell, federal team manager at Go Electric, discusses how modular microgrids and standardization can reduce the costs of microgrids. As a manufacturer of battery enabled microgrid systems, we hear a consistent message from end customers that microgrid systems are too expensive to install and have too little payback. This would be … [Read more...]

More than a fair-weather energy source: Solar + microgrids offer resilience

Mark Feasel, president of Smart Grid North America at Schneider Electric explains that microgrids are key to creating resilience with solar. What do you think of when you think of solar? If you’re like most, you likely think of solar in the traditional sense, like the solar panels you may have seen on your neighbor's roof or in a nearby … [Read more...]

Renewable fuels: The bridge between now and net zero

Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales at Volvo Penta of the Americas, discusses renewable fuels as a resilient and sustainable solution for backup power generation systems, helping to bridge the gap between now and net-zero emissions. Energy and climate challenges plague the globe. Electrical grids manage more complexities as … [Read more...]

There’s a Role for Renewable Fuels in Microgrids Today — and Increasingly in the Future

David Lewis, vice president of alternative fuels for Ameresco, shares insights on how renewable fuels can be one of a variety of solutions used to achieve decarbonization goals. We cannot deny the strain that extreme weather and climate events are placing on the electric grid — from Winter Storm Uri in Texas last winter and wildfires in … [Read more...]

Five Considerations for Designing DERs with Increased Energy Autonomy

Lauren Flanagan, executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, discusses key considerations that simplify the process of designing distributed energy resources (DERs) that create energy autonomy. Distributed energy resources (DERs) are significantly changing the way energy is produced, stored and distributed. Ideally, they are mobile and … [Read more...]

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...]