How Microgrids Introduce New Data Center Economics

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. The third entry explores how microgrids are changing colocation and data center economics.  Data centers are increasing in number across the US and around the globe. They are the new industrial factory of the modern digital economy and … [Read more...]

Using the Value of Resiliency to Support Financing a Multi-DER Microgrid

Concord Engineering VP Michael Boswell explores the potential of the multi-DER microgrid, and the financing options making this strategy a viable option for today's energy needs.  Stepping into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine from Rocky and Bullwinkle and then stepping out in the not too distant past, there was a time when PV Solar projects … [Read more...]

Can You Afford to Not Have a Microgrid?

In California, the question ‘Can we afford a microgrid?’ might be more aptly phrased: ‘Can we afford to not have a microgrid?’ This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure highlights how energy-as-a-service is making microgrids easier and more affordable.  Business executives, community leaders and others … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids are at an Inflection Point

Microgrid growth appears to have reached an inflection point, driven by demand for reliable energy, especially in California, as well as economic, environmental and societal factors. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores the growth stimuli. Microgrid installations are accelerating in a range … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost? It Depends on the Problem it Solves

Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry in the series, Will Agate, VP, microgrid services at Ameresco, explores costs in the current market and how to develop a game plan for building and implementing successful microgrid systems.   I really like the question, … [Read more...]

Are Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids the Next Logical Step for California…and the Rest of the U.S.?

California often serves as a bellwether, and now it’s ringing an alarm about a new electric grid vulnerability. As other states brace for the impact of climate change, they watch California's wildfires and power shutoffs and wonder what's in store for them. A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]

Standardizing Microgrids to Boost Their Bankability

Even as the market grows, developers struggle to obtain microgrid financing. Why? What are the obstacles? And how can project developers overcome them? The Microgrid Knowledge white paper, “How to Get Your Microgrid Projects Financed,” explores these issues through interviews with prominent developers, financiers and other sources. Below is an … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Obstacles to Microgrid Financing

Even as the market grows, developers struggle to obtain microgrid financing. Why? What are the obstacles? And how can project developers overcome them? The Microgrid Knowledge white paper, "How to Get Your Microgrid Projects Financed," explores these issues through interviews with prominent developers, financiers and other sources. Below is an … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids in the Real World

Energy leaders like Schneider Electric and Dynamic Energy Networks are partnering to make microgrids more feasible. This final selection from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric offers real-world examples of energy-as-a-service microgrids. Two significant players in the microgrid space — Schneider Electric … [Read more...]

Understanding the Energy-as-a-Service Model for Microgrids

Almost 25 percent of microgrids today use the energy-as-a-service model, also known as EaaS. In this selection from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric, we break down this new model that aims to make it easier to develop and operate microgrids. Although introduced only a few years ago, the energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]