A new report from Navigant Research tracks data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages across six regions worldwide.
The 16th edition of the Navigant Research’s global microgrid database highlights an uptick in rural electrification projects and a shift to the energy as a service model. It also shows that, regionally, Asia Pacific has emerged as a leader in capacity, and that on a customer segment basis, remote microgrids and commercial and industrial (C&I) represent nearly 70% of all microgrid capacity globally. According to the report, as of 2Q 2019, Navigant Research has identified 4,475 microgrid projects representing 26,965.0 MW of planned and installed power capacity globally.
“This edition of the Tracker includes 575 new entries, for a total of 2,915.3 MW,” says Shayne Willette, research analyst with Navigant Research. “One of the most notable trends from this update was the significant increase of remote systems in the Asia Pacific region, a key factor in the region’s emergence as the global leader in both microgrid capacity and projects.”
In terms of total microgrid capacity, Asia Pacific is the global leader with 9,935.4 MW. The region is trailed by North America with 8,878.6 MW and the Middle East & Africa with 3,627.7 MW. Asia Pacific’s emergence as the global capacity leader is due to its sheer volume of microgrids, with smaller systems being deployed with greater frequency.
The report, Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q19, tracks data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages across six regions worldwide. It covers seven market segments: commercial/industrial, community, utility distribution, institutional/campus, military, remote, and direct current. Specific project-level data is provided on total, installed, and planned capacities, generation technology mix, and 10 global microgrid vendors. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.