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 a majority of the U.S.

The clean energy industry, while pushing its own products, has ramped up efforts to stop new gas plant construction.

Solar advocates filed comments Friday opposing a new 1,100-megawatt combined-cycle gas plant that utility DTE Energy wants to build in St. Clair County, Michigan by 2023. It would replace generation from retiring coal plants -- but solar groups say it's not clean enough.

The framing of DTE's analysis distorted the outcome in favor of the large gas plant, wrote Kevin Lucas, director of rate design at the Solar Energy Industries Association.

"DTE erroneously assumes that a resource must be dispatchable to be reliable," he

Utilities so far have failed to use distribution-grid-level power electronics much beyond the pilot phase.

Gridco Systems, one of a handful of startups building power electronics devices that can manage electricity fluctuations and disturbances at the distribution grid level, has ceased operations and is selling its assets to satisfy creditors. 

It’s not that its technology didn’t work -- it does, according to multiple pilot projects with utilities including Duke Energy, Hawaiian Electric, California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Ontario, Canada’s Greater Sudbury Hydro. Gridco’s in-line power regulators (IPRs) have stabilized solar-driven voltage surges, hit their set points for voltage and reactive power, and otherwise demonstrated a previously unattained level of control over the distribution grid. 

But utilities have

The non-residential solar sector may be the only segment to experience annual growth within the U.S. industry in 2017. That’s a unique position for a sector that’s lagged noticeably behind for years.

As utility-scale and residential solar markets benefited from dropping equipment prices and favorable policies, commercial solar has struggled to get off the ground -- stunting development for an estimated 20 percent of the potential solar market. 

“Compared to residential and utility, commercial is a little behind,” said Michelle Davis, senior solar analyst at GTM Research. “A lot of the problems that typically plague the commercial market have been solved, to a certain extent, in the

The clean energy industry, while pushing its own products, has ramped up efforts to stop new gas plant construction.

Solar advocates filed comments Friday opposing a new 1,100 megawatt combined cycle gas plant that utility DTE Energy wants to build in St. Clair County, Michigan by 2023. It would replace generation from retiring coal plants, but solar groups say it's not clean enough.

The framing of DTE's analysis distorted the outcome in favor of the large gas plant, wrote Kevin Lucas, director of rate design at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

"DTE erroneously assumes that a resource must be dispatchable to be

The non-residential solar sector may be the only segment to experience annual growth within the U.S. industry in 2017. That’s a unique position for a sector that’s lagged noticeably behind for years.

As utility-scale and residential solar markets benefited from dropping equipment prices and favorable policies, commercial solar has struggled to get off the ground -- stunting development for an estimated 20 percent of the potential solar market. 

“Compared to residential and utility, commercial is a little behind,” said Michelle Davis, senior solar analyst at GTM Research. “A lot of the problems that typically plague the commercial market have been solved, to a certain extent, in the

The clean energy industry, while pushing its own products, has ramped up efforts to stop new gas plant construction.

Solar advocates filed comments Friday opposing a new 1,100 megawatt combined cycle gas plant that utility DTE Energy wants to build in St. Clair County, Michigan by 2023. It would replace generation from retiring coal plants, but solar groups say it's not clean enough.

The framing of DTE's analysis distorted the outcome in favor of the large gas plant, wrote Kevin Lucas, director of rate design at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

"DTE erroneously assumes that a resource must be dispatchable to be

Husk Power Systems picks up $20 million to scale its minigrid platform

Shell Technology Ventures has led a $20 million funding round for Husk Power Systems, a rural distributed utility company operating minigrids in Asia and Africa.

The equity investment, which is subject to regulatory approval, also saw participation from Swedfund International, a Swedish development finance institution, and Engie Rassembleurs d’Energies, Engie Group’s impact investment fund.

It is believed to be the largest cash injection so far for a minigrid developer. Rival Powerhive raised a similar amount of cash in 2016 but one of the backers, Total, subsequently pulled out, according to industry sources. 

With a presence in India and Tanzania, Husk claims to offer

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