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  • Friday, November 09, 2012

    THE MANY ADVANCES FOR MICROGRIDS

    Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q12; Campus, Military, Remote, Commercial/Industrial

    4Q 2012 (Pike Research/Navigant)

    “Most microgrids operating today are, in essence, retrofit projects, cobbling together existing assets and deriving revenues from an overlay of controls used to enable legacy technology to talk to the new technology (usually small amounts of solar PV or a new advanced energy storage unit)…

    “…[But] microgrids are beginning to move more into the mainstream with greenfield projects. New vendors keep entering this space…[U]ndiscovered projects come to the fore…[and] the growing frequency of extreme weather events increases the appeal of the reliability benefits attached to a microgrid.”

    “All told, Pike Research has identified a total of 3.2 GW of total microgrid capacity throughout the world, up from 2.6 GW in the previous update in 2Q 2012…

    “…[The research found 67 new projects, representing an increase of 571 MW or an 82% increase in identified capacity within a six month period. Several additional microgrids are in the planning stages…”

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