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...]

Applications Open for $4B in Loan Guarantees for Energy Efficiency, Microgrids, Renewables

The US Department of Energy is offering $4 billion in loan guarantees for energy efficiency, microgrid and renewable energy projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.The solicitation was issued July 3, following the close of a 30-day comment period.The DOE seeks:Energy efficiency projects that incorporate new or … [Read more...]

Joule Assets Part 2: How to Achieve the Real Potential of Microgrid

Two topics keep cropping up in our conversations with energy efficiency insiders: 1) Joule Assets' new investment fund 2) Microgrid.So we recently brought the two together by asking Joule Assets CEO Mike Gordon about the investment potential for microgrid.Joule Assets made headlines in January with the launch of its $100 million Energy … [Read more...]