Continuing Momentum in Renewable Microgrids: Solarcity Launches Microgrid Offering
Solarcity, the US residential PV industry leader, is building on its distributed renewable energy experience by launching its GridLogic microgrid offering. It will be a turnkey offering integrating distributed residential and commercial solar, battery and controllable loads as well as shared solar, battery and back-up power and system control. The microgrids will be available with the pay-as-you-go model that has been so successful for residential solar deployment under the “microgrid as a service” offering. Given the high investment requirements for solar and battery systems, this will be crucial for encouraging higher adoption of these renewable microgrids. Users can pay a monthly fee for the system based on their needs and the local system but also have the option to select to pay upfront.
The offering is targeting the typical focus sectors for renewable microgrids including core facilities of municipalities (police, firestations, operation centers etc), remote communities and islands, campuses, and military bases. Interestingly, SolarCity is targeting a global market with this offering indicating their interest in international growth and the market potential for microgrids.