New Business Models Gain Strength With Renewed Interest in Microgrids

By [email protected] Increased confidence in how to generate revenue from microgrids, beyond reliability and resilience, is contributing to the rise of third-party and mixed ownership models.

With third-party and mixed ownership, a new business model emerged: the microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS) or reliability-as-a-service. MaaS can eliminate the historical need for end users to contribute upfront costs on their own, opening up a new market for customers who previously would not have considered a microgrid due to financial barriers.

In 2017, third-party owned microgrids accounted for 46 percent of new microgrid projects, a notable shift away from majority end-user ownership in previous years. End users still comprise

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