Navigant: North America Reclaims Top Spot as Microgrid Capacity Leader

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North America has reclaimed its position as the global leader in microgrid capacity, a Navigant Research report said on Tuesday. The report measured data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects, both in operation and in the planning stages, across six geographies.

In the tenth edition of its Microgrid Deployment Tracker, Navigant identified 1,568 microgrid projects, representing 15 GW of capacity. Since the last edition of the report, 148 microgrid projects were added to the database, amounting to nearly 2 GW of microgrid capacity. Over half of these additions were made in North America. North America now has a 42-percent market share of microgrids globally and has reclaimed the top spot from the Asia Pacific region as the leader in microgrid capacity. The report also noted that microgrid project deployments continue to increase globally.

“The remote microgrid segment’s growing dominance in the microgrid market shows the increasing visibility in the Middle East and African region as well as the Latin American and Asia Pacific regions where remote microgrids are common,” says Adam Wilson, research associate with Navigant Research. “Additionally, one-fourth of new capacity coming from utility distribution microgrids shows the markets gradual and continuing shift of microgrid developers looking more to utilities instead of traditional third-party vendors.”

The three most noteworthy additions in the report were a proposed 200-MW solar PV microgrid addition in Senegal, a 202-MW deployment in Sampolo on the island of Corsica, and a 211-MW portfolio added across the United States by Blue Pillar.

The report also identified Siemens as the top microgrid vendor, beating out second-place finisher ABB in total microgrid capacity. Schneider Electric retained the top position in total number of microgrid projects.

The Navigant report covers seven microgrid segments: commercial and industrial, community, utility distribution, institutional/campus, military, remote, and direct-current systems. Specific information is provided on the capacity and project numbers by distributed generation type, energy storage type, top 10 countries, top 10 U.S. states, and top 10 microgrid companies. The report also details the rated capacity, duration, and types of energy storage for each project and breaks out data by world region and microgrid segment. A summary of the report is available for free download here.

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