C&I Microgrids

Grid-Tied and Remote Microgrid Forecasts,
Technology and Policy Market Drivers, and Key Players

The commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrid segment is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid markets. It is quickly maturing as risk averse energy managers become more comfortable with the microgrid platform as it is validated by other customer segments and applications. The lack of uniform standards for microgrids and the still nascent business model linkages to a large pool of available investment capital have until recently limited near-term grid-tied commercial projects globally. Today, regulations and technology cost trends are making C&I microgrids more appealing to a diverse variety of customers.

The C&I microgrid segment enjoys some unique advantages. C&I clients are fiscally sound, often capital rich, and value innovation in business models. In addition, reliability is highly valued—more so than in any other microgrid segment except possibly military—and project portfolios can scale up rapidly, replicating commercial success within short development cycles. The segment also faces a number of unique challenges, including low electric rates for industrial customers and fierce competition for capital outlay. Yet, technology trends for solar PV, advanced batteries, smart inverters, and sophisticated software controls are making cost-effective C&I microgrids increasingly attractive options. According to Navigant Research, the global capacity of C&I microgrids is expected to grow dramatically from 448.3 MW in 2017 to 5,389.1 MW annually by 2026.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for C&I microgrids, with a focus on the grid-tied commercial, grid-tied industrial, remote commercial, and remote industrial microgrid segments. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by region, application, and customer class, extend through 2026. The study provides prime mover capacity and revenue forecasts for upstream oil & gas as a reference. It also examines key market, technology, and regulatory trends related to C&I microgrids, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Why is the commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrid market viable today?
  • What are the challenges still facing this microgrid customer class?
  • Which opportunity is bigger: commercial or industrial customers?
  • What are some of the unique offerings vendors now have for this microgrid market segment?
  • Which parts of the world offer the best C&I microgrid market opportunities?
  • How big is the remote C&I microgrid market?
Who needs this report?
  • Commercial microgrid customers
  • Industrial microgrid customers
  • Microgrid developers
  • Energy storage software companies
  • Utilities and grid operators
  • Governments
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Commercial and Industrial Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

1.2   Market Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1   C&I Market Trends

2.2   Technology Drivers

2.2.1   Declining Cost of Renewable Generation

2.2.2   Declining Cost of Advanced Batteries

2.2.3   Increased Smart Inverter Functionality

2.2.4   Microgrid Controls Software Innovation

2.3   Public Policy Drivers

2.3.1   Emission Limits for Backup Diesel Generators

2.3.2   Utility Demand Charges

2.3.3   Utility Standby Charges

2.3.4   Carbon Regulations and Markets

2.3.5   DR Trends

2.3.6   Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives

2.4   Case Study: Pareto’s Cautionary Tale in New York

3. Key Industry Players

3.1   Microgrid Vendor Landscape Summary

3.1.1   Ameresco

3.1.2   Blue Pillar

3.1.3   Bloom Energy

3.1.4   Bosch

3.1.5   Emerson Automation Solutions

3.1.6   Enchanted Rock

3.1.7   Encorp

3.1.8   ETAP

3.1.9   OATI

3.1.10   PowerSecure International, Inc.

3.1.11   Princeton Power

4. Market Forecasts

4.1   C&I Market Segment Overview

4.2   Methodology

4.3   Grid-Tied C&I Microgrids

4.3.1   Grid-Tied Commercial Microgrids

4.3.2   Grid-Tied Industrial Microgrids

4.4   Remote C&I Microgrids

4.4.1   Remote Commercial Microgrids

4.4.2   Remote Industrial Microgrids

4.4.3   Remote Prime Movers for Upstream Oil & Gas

4.5   Conclusions and Recommendations

5. Acronym and Abbreviation List
6. Table of Contents
7. Table of Charts and Figures
8. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology

List of Charts and Figures

  • Total C&I Microgrid Capacity and Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Distributed Solar PV System Prices (Non-Weighted Average) by Component, World Markets: 2011-2026
  • Average Installed Cost Distributed Lithium Ion Batteries by Market Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Total Grid-Tied C&I Microgrid Capacity and Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Grid-Tied Commercial Microgrid Capacity and Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Grid-Tied Industrial Microgrid Capacity and Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Remote C&I Microgrid Capacity and Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Commercial Microgrid Capacity and Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Industrial Microgrid Capacity and Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Prime Mover Capacity and Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026

List of Tables

  • C&I Microgrid SWOT Analysis
  • Total C&I Microgrid Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total C&I Microgrid Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Distributed Solar PV System Prices (Non-Weighted Average) by Component, World Markets: 2011-2026
  • Average Installed Distributed Energy Storage Costs by Market Segment, All Battery Technologies, United States: 2016-2025
  • Grid-Tied C&I Microgrid Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Grid-Tied C&I Microgrid Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Grid-Tied Commercial Microgrid Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Grid-Tied Commercial Microgrid Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Grid-Tied Industrial Microgrid Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Grid-Tied Industrial Microgrid Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote C&I Microgrid Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote C&I Microgrid Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Commercial Microgrid Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Commercial Microgrid Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Industrial Microgrid Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Industrial Implementation Spending by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Prime Mover Capacity for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Remote Prime Mover Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026

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