Securing Microgrid Benefits without the Risk

Fear of risk deters companies, institutions and communities from pursuing microgrids. In this excerpt from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric we examine how the EaaS model secures microgrid benefits without the inherent financial, developmental and ownership risk.  It’s clear that microgrids need an ‘easy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Drivers and Obstructions: What’s Moving the Dial on the Market?

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric outlines the energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model that simplifies microgrid development and ownership for organizations.  This excerpt explores microgrid drivers, as well as the biggest challenges and obstructions to microgrids.  Several compelling arguments exist to install a … [Read more...]

Four Megatrends Changing Energy Decision-making & Opening the Door to Microgrids

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric outlines the energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model and explains how it simplifies development and ownership of microgrids. This chapter focuses on trends that led to the rise of microgrids.  Until recently, the electric power industry saw little in the way of major innovation. … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Financing Options Can Help Manage Your Risk

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz explores a variety of microgrid financing options that can help better manage risk and enhance microgrid value.  Imagine you made the decision to move forward with a microgrid and now it is time for the dreaded question of how to pay for it. One simple preferred business … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids: Why is it so Important?

In this week’s Industry Perspective, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores financing microgrids and the different options available to today's businesses.  It is not uncommon for someone to have a great idea but then hit a funding wall when trying to make the idea a reality. The television show Shark Tank is a … [Read more...]

Why is Microgrid Financing Difficult?

No 'killer app' exists for microgrid financing. And until one is found, microgrid growth is unlikely to reach full steam, as we explain in "How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller. Below is an excerpt. The microgrid industry is expected to see rapid growth in the coming decade. … [Read more...]

The Shape of Microgrid Financing Begins to Reveal Itself

The shape of microgrid financing is beginning to emerge as pilot projects come on line and the industry mimics successful approaches used by solar firms. FuelCell Energy’s recent sale of a university microgrid to NRG Energy offers a recent example.  The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer sold the 1.4 MW university microgrid to the … [Read more...]

How about Microgrid Financing through Warehouse Credit?

Solar took off once the industry started to use power purchase agreements and leasing.  What's the equivalent for microgrid financing? ‘Warehouse credit’ might be the answer for microgrids, energy storage and other resiliency projects, according to a new report by the Clean Energy Group, “Ramp Up Resilient Power Finance.” Widely used in … [Read more...]