Published: Fri, Jun 30, 2017
Type: Publication

Business Case for Low-Carbon Microgrids Report

The “Business Case for Low-Carbon Microgrids” report demonstrates the economic and technical viability of Low-Carbon Microgrids using real project examples from rural electrification in Kenya to improving reliability of power supplies in the US. Microgrids are a key solution to provide low-carbon alternatives for people and industries without access to electricity as they enable high penetration of renewables in the energy mix, but can also provide grid-connected customers with improved service quality, such as a higher reliability of electricity supply, and system resilience with lower emissions.

The private sector is ready to scale up decarbonized microgrids, to reach and supply more customers, and is able to provide standardized, but modular and affordable solutions tailored to customer needs.

The report contains short case studies in order to provide an overview of different microgrids supplied or operated by the member companies of the LCMG working group, demonstrating projects viability in the medium size microgrids segment.
Long versions of the case studies can be accessed via the links below. The case studies highlight important aspects such as technical features, business models and key learnings.

Low-Carbon Microgrids Decision Support Toolkit

WBSCD and its member companies are developing a decision support toolkit to assist stakeholders involved in the development of microgrids to streamline the identification process towards best available solutions. By using a range of scenarios, the current draft toolkit outlines technology options and sustainable business models relevant to each of the scenarios.

We are currently seeking feedback from stakeholders – such as regulators/planners, financiers, developers/operators and local associations – on their needs for such tool and how it can be improved and complemented.