This Navigant Research webinar explores perspectives on what
is and what is not a microgrid. More importantly, it challenges some long-standing assumptions about microgrids, pointing to a new way to grow markets for distributed energy resources (DER) projects at scale. The primary value propositions for microgrids are reviewed, as well as the diversity of services DER in general can provide.
The webinar explores what role customers should play by quantifying what they need from vendors, rather than being convinced they need to have a trendy solution (i.e. microgrid, virtual power plant, or Internet of Things). Peter Asmus, principal research analyst at Navigant Research, is joined by Sunil Cherian, Founder and CEO of Spirae, Darrin Johnston, Customer Solutions Manager for Microgrids at Caterpillar, and Geoff Sharples, Energy Sales Director at Intel to show how solutions providers can move toward configurable microgrids leveraging recent advances in intelligent software. Ten key considerations are identified that can lead to exponential growth in microgrids. If followed, these steps ensure DER projects no longer fall victim to costly development approaches that often fail.