Top 10 Microgrid White Papers of 2020 — Expert Energy Strategies Amid a Turbulent Year

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year was one for the books for almost every industry. But the energy industry was also responding to other unique occurrences, such as significant wildfires in California and multiple hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. In light of these challenges, many in the industry turned to expert advice and strategies … [Read more...]

Third-Party Ownership Models for Modern Microgrids

We continue a special report  series, courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions, that explores third-party ownership models for microgrids. The interlocking, and sometimes conflicting, interests and risks associated with revenue streams, ownership and capital requirements are the key drivers in drawing up the … [Read more...]

Microgrids as the Future of Resilience for Mission Critical Internet and Cloud Data

Power failures make headlines as wildfires and hurricanes occur with increasing frequency. But the cascading consequences and economic impact of internet disruption often seem to go unnoticed. Data and internet resilience is symbiotic with energy in the Digital Age, and bringing the two together into a microgrid does much to enhance its value … [Read more...]

How Financiers Think about Microgrid Project Funding

This is the first entry in a series courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions that shows readers the ins and outs of microgrid project funding. Find out what your potential financiers are thinking.  Mind the gap It’s far easier to finance a microgrid today than it was just a few years ago thanks to new financing … [Read more...]

Solar’s Transition to Nanogrids — and Why it’s Good for Solar Installers

This article wraps up a  new special report series  focused on the rise of solar nanogrids. Learn why nanogrids for solar installers make sense — and why this model gaining steam in the renewable energy industry.  Savvy solar installers have their eye on the nanogrid market — the next phase in solar plus storage — as a potentially large … [Read more...]

Mission to Care — Examples of Microgrids and Fuel Cells in Action at Hospitals

We complete our new special report series on energy opportunities in healthcare with examples of hospital microgrids that use fuel cells to lower costs, improve sustainability, and increase energy reliability. Hospitals must be built to provide a unique combination of durability and human service. They have to be rugged enough to run 24/7/365 … [Read more...]

What Can Regulators and Utilities Do to Boost Solar Nanogrids?

This portion of a  new special report series looks at utility and regulatory changes across the nation that could push solar nanogrids to the forefront of energy innovation.  In spite of the many challenges that nanogrids address, their growth is limited by regulatory and utility hurdles that prevent nanogrid owners from realizing their many … [Read more...]

How Nanogrids Assist with Public Safety — Wildfires, Power Outages and Other Challenges

This entry from a new special report series  explores how wildfires, storms and other disasters plague the interconnected grid. Public safety nanogrids can help.  The grid challenges associated with wildfires, especially in California, are significant. To help prevent power lines from sparking wildfires in areas where fires frequently occur, … [Read more...]

The Possibilities for Healthcare Microgrid Business Models

In this new special report series, we explore the potential of microgrids in hospitals to prevent outages and downtime. Here we discuss microgrid business models that make it easier for healthcare facilities to move forward with projects. The growth of microgrids in recent years has brought with it advances in business models that make … [Read more...]

Vision for the Future — Microgrids as Teaching Tools and Community Partners

The final article in our special report series on university microgrids describes microgrids as teaching tools. Read on for real-world examples of how microgrids help colleges and universities manage their energy assets, while also educating the energy engineers of tomorrow and serving local communities.  The Bronzeville Microgrid: A Chicago … [Read more...]