Microgrid Knowledge Base

What size microgrid do you need?

mVSO energy modeling tool can be your crystal ball.

Microgrid technology is taking a leading role in the future of energy. As the global economy faces an aging electric utility grid, the power sector seeks more efficient and reliable alternatives to producing and storing energy. A growing number of renewable energy sources and advancements in technology are driving steady investment into solutions such as microgrids and their applications. Defense installations, industrial complexes, residential communities and campuses across the world are relying on microgrids to reach their energy goals. These microgrids decrease their reliance from the traditional grid, utilize cleaner power, enhance energy security and minimize costs.

Although microgrids are the newest energy trend, the term can be vague, downright confusing and often presents a steep learning curve. The complexity of microgrids stem from the endless possibilities of the types of equipment and the way the energy that is produced is utilized.

First things first.

As the range of microgrid uses grow, energy developers often find themselves scrambling to find new solutions to meet their customer’s needs. Establishing what configuration is needed is the first priority en route to deploying a successful microgrid project.

  • How much storage should be installed?
  • Would it be beneficial to install more solar now that the excess generation can be used for more than rolling back the meter?
  • Would it be valuable to sometimes charge the battery overnight during off-peak hours?
  • How can one ensure enough available capacity to consistently drive down monthly peak demands during a string of cloudy days?
One size doesn’t fit all.

Some of these questions around sizing can be answered by tools like mVSO, CleanSpark's microgrid planning and proposal software for energy, solar and storage developers. Microgrids must use optimizing software to achieve optimal results and mVSO outputs are your customized guide to maximizing your energy project’s ROI. CleanSpark recently made significant enhancements to our report interfaces that provide clear, concise and compelling graphics. These allow project developers to easily collaborate with their customers to identify the optimal for their needs. From top-level financial metrics across a 20-year project lifetime to sample operational charts with a 15-minute resolution, every aspect of the proposed microgrid is described and explained in terms the most non-technical customer can understand.

These tools use a library of equipment and a provided facility load profile to simulate equipment operation within a typical meteorological year.  Sample energy mix profiles as well as detailed energy and cost savings metrics help plan overall financial projections. Clearly defined outcomes are invaluable to growing the sales channels for all types of energy providers, especially with the recent impetus on expansion of renewable energy initiatives under the new administration.

Closing the deal.

Chances are your customers are shopping around for their microgrid, so it’s important they feel confident that you’re the best “person” for the job. Remember the end user? The “one” who asked if you could build them a microgrid? They want to know what type of energy resources are to be built, what it will cost, how it will perform once deployed and ultimately what the return on their investment will be.

Not only does energy modeling software like mVSO show you exactly what to do, but it also generates an attractive proposal designed to educate your customer on the full benefit of a proposed project. With such salient information, they’re most likely to feel comfortable enough to make an informed decision. If you are in the business of helping solve today’s modern energy challenges, microgrid modeling software could be a valuable addition to your energy tool kit.

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