Clean Energy: Microgrids Are Beginning To Move Into the Mainstream

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The number of microgrids and planned microgrid projects is growing. North America claims 66 percent of the microgrids that are planned, proposed and deployed. Combined, these figures give North America microgrid capacity of 2,505 MW.  The current online capacity is 1,459 MW and more than 1,122 MW is in the planning, under development or proposed phase. Microgrids can be found in communities, on military bases, on the grounds of universities and they can be commercially owned and operated. They are increasingly important to grid stabilization and distributed generation. The following is from a recent Navigant Research report.


Many new microgrid projects are still under the radar, and many local projects originate organically, without official designations or titles, making them very hard to track.  As a sector, however, microgrids are beginning to move into the mainstream, with a greater focus being placed on viable business models.  The result is a much more robust microgrid market than just a few years ago.  According to a new tracker report from Navigant Research, more than 480 microgrid projects are proposed, planned, under construction, or operating worldwide, representing nearly 3,800 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

“New vendors are continually entering this market and previously unpublicized projects keep coming to the fore, such as 27 projects planned or proposed in the state of Connecticut alone,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research.  “The outlines of a growing and vibrant microgrid movement are emerging, and the findings in this report reaffirm some of the market optimism surrounding microgrids, clearly demonstrating the rapid growth in the sector.”

North America remains the world’s leading market for microgrids, with planned, proposed, and deployed capacity of 2,505 MW, representing an additional 417 MW since the fourth quarter 2012 version of the report.  This represents an additional 55 projects.  Of the total North American microgrid capacity, 1,459 MW is currently online and more than 1,122 MW is planned, under development, or proposed.

The report, “Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q13”, provides data on known microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages, including details on the various technologies employed in individual projects.  The report includes specific information on the capacity of the following generation assets: diesel, combined heat and power, solar photovoltaic, wind, and fuel cells.  It also details the rated capacity, duration, and types of energy storage for each project. The database is also segmented by world region.  An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

By Amber Archangel

Microgrids Are Beginning To Move Into the Mainstream, is syndicated from 1Sun4All

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