3 Points that Help Microgrid Buyers Make Rational Decisions

Microgrid buyers need to be better educated about why the technology isn’t that complex, why they should consider resilience in addition to cost savings, and why they shouldn’t immediately rule out diesel, say industry members. According to Ryan Goodman, CEO and co-founder of Scale Microgrid Solutions, a common misunderstanding: “Microgrids … [Read more...]

California Pays DERs Too Little in Attempt to Curb Blackouts

A decision from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that aims to reduce the potential for blackouts because of hot weather this summer falls short for distributed energy resources (DERs) in California, industry members said. The ruling, "Decision Directing Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company … [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...]

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...]

Industry Bullish on Future of Microgrid Market Over Next 10 Years

The microgrid industry is bullish about the future of the microgrid market over the next 10 years, expecting the energy as a service model and modular microgrids to grow quickly worldwide. But in the US, regulatory challenges create hurdles,  said speakers Tuesday during the second day of the Microgrid 2020 Global Conference. “If we lay the … [Read more...]

Key Players Shed Light on Why the Microgrid Market is Growing

Natural disasters, the pandemic, new business models and state policies drive the microgrid market forward, while regulatory hurdles hold it back, say industry players who will be speaking November 17-19 at Microgrid 2020 Global. The natural disasters spurring microgrid growth include hurricanes and wildfires. In some cases, the wildfires … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Ready for Prime Time in California. What’s Slowing Progress?

Microgrids can help solve important challenges right now in California, but development has been slowed by the COVID-19 crisis, regulatory uncertainty and questions about the role of utilities, among other issues. “We’re not moving fast enough. We’re not building as many distributed energy resources (DER) and microgids as we should. We need to … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Secures $300M Equity Commitment from Warburg Pincus

Scale Microgrid Solutions, a New Jersey-based microgrid company that focuses on commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, today announced that it has secured an equity commitment of up to $300 million from global private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The four-year-old company says that the investment will help it accelerate growth, with … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

Are California Utilities Heading Down the Wrong Path as Wildfire Season Approaches?

A new report warns that California may be heading down the wrong path when it comes to preparing its grid for wildfires and points to microgrids as a better solution. Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s … [Read more...]