How do microgrids work?A microgrid co-locates electricity generation and consumption. Unlike the utility grid, which generates electricity in a centralized power plant and then distributes it along hundreds of miles of transmission lines, a microgrid generates electricity on-site. For electricity generation, microgrids typically use some combination of backup diesel generators and renewables such as solar panels. Microgrids can incorporate battery systems to store electricity and deploy it during outages or when grid demand spikes.
Who can benefit from a microgrid?
How much does a microgrid cost to build?
Microgrids range dramatically in complexity and size. The exciting answer for organizations is “it’s free” because an energy-as-a-service approach eliminates your upfront costs. A microgrid, in a more traditional way, is a CapEx and an OpEx model. In a project mode, it’s high CapEx and low or no OpEx, in an Energy-as-a-service business model, it’s high OpEx. EaaS is a financing model for microgrids that allows you to avoid upfront costs. Similar to a software-as-a-service model, with EaaS you avoid capital expenditures and instead pay only for ongoing service.
Microgrid business models
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Lidl FinlandWatch how Lidl benefits from an integrated EcoStruxure™ Microgrid and EcoStruxure Building Operation solution that delivers a high level of energy efficiency and runs on 100% renewable energy.
South Australian Produce MarketWatch how SAPM’s partnership with Schneider Electric was essential to deliver a world-class microgrid solution that will enable significant net savings and have environmental benefits.
IMT Grenoble, FranceSchneider Electric helps make an ambitious Microgrid campus project a microgrid “living lab” for nearly 3000 students and users.
Boston One CampusBy leveraging the Microgrid-as-a-Service business model, Schneider Electric implemented an advanced microgrid solution at Boston One Campus, which adds resilience and optimizes costs to facility operations.
Microgrids for data centersEnhance uptime while reducing costs and carbon.
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