2019 was a bumper year for microgrid deployment, but COVID-19 could slow things down

UTILITY DIVE | In total, 546 microgrids were deployed across the country last year, and two-thirds of them were installed by three organizations — PowerSecure, Enchanted Rock and The American Red Cross. At the same time, annual capacity in 2019 was actually reduced by 7% compared to the previous year, according to the report, because most of the microgrids were lower than 5 MW, reflecting a larger shift toward smaller systems. 

"One of the trends we're really seeing is towards more modularity to speed up construction, development and also in some cases helping with financing portfolio projects," Isaac Maze-Rothstein, a research analyst with Wood Mackenzie and author of the report, told Utility Dive. "What we're seeing is smaller, more modular microgrids."

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