Energy storage and solar PV continue to be driving forces

North America as leading region in global operational micro-grid capacity

© Image: Masdar

A solar PV plant on the island of Vava'u (Tonga/Oceania) is part of micro-grid projects in the country deployed by Masdar © Image: Masdar

The latest edition of Navigant Research’s “Microgrid Deployment Tracker” shows North America strengthening its claim as the leading region in global operational micro-grid capacity with a 54 percent market share.

According to the market research company, nearly 1,700 micro-grid projects are proposed, under development, or operating globally.

North America and Asia Pacific account for 95 percent of the new project capacity, and the United States leads all countries in terms of both capacity and total number of projects, finds Navigant Research (Boulder, Colorado, U.S.).

“The combination of solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage in microgrids isn’t just a fad – these two renewable technologies have been a driving force in the microgrid industry for years and their role continues to expand,” says Adam Wilson, research associate with Navigant Research.

“With solar PV reaching grid parity with other traditional generation technologies, we see it move beyond remote systems, and the combination of energy storage and solar PV is becoming a more frequent combination across all segments and regions.”

Multi-MW energy storage projects in India, California, and Australia

Three of the most noteworthy additions to this edition of the Tracker include the 100 MW energy storage project in Andhra Pradesh, India; 83 MW of solar PV and energy storage in Imperial Valley, California; and an 80 MW remote project in Newcastle, Australia that includes diesel as well as solar PV and energy storage.