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Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS)

 

Microgrids (also commonly referred to as mini-grids and mini-utilities) have emerged as the most viable and sustainable solution available for broad-scale remote rural electrification and the related fight against energy poverty. Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) has emerged as a leading-edge business model innovation for achieving this goal.


MaaS is an emerging new digitalization-driven business model which enables third parties to optimally produce and manage electricity via clean energy microgrid technologies while removing the complexities and financial risks of traditional microgrid deployments from energy providers and consumers. In addition to providing hardware and software solutions, MaaS operators offer operations & maintenance services and tools and secure the microgrid deployment financing. 


IQgrid's MaaS expertise and capabilities deliver on all of these innovations (and more)--all of which are necessary to make microgrid  deployments a simplified, affordable turnkey solution.

MaaS Technology Innovations

Remote microgrid technology innovations will play a significant role in accelerating energy access and are integral to the success of the MaaS platform.  Key microgrid technology breakthroughs include plug-and-play ‘microgrid-in-a-box’ systems, scalable modular systems, and cloud-based remote monitoring & management software. These innovations present a turnkey clean energy solution that is technologically feasible, sustainable, resilient, reliable, replicable (on a mass-scale basis), and cost-effective.

IQgrid’s containerized microgrid-in-a-box solutions integrate vitally necessary standardized pre-fabricated design elements, including specialized controls, pre-configured inverters, switches, cables, circuit breakers, PV panels, battery storage systems, and other electrical and mechanical devices that arrive on site—all enclosed in a 20-ft. container which offers protection and security from the outside elements. 

Remote microgrid technology innovations will play a significant role in accelerating energy access and are integral to the success of the MaaS platform. Key microgrid technology breakthroughs include plug-and-play microgrid-in-a-box’ systems, scalable modular systems, and cloud-based remote monitoring & management software. These innovations present a turnkey clean energy solution that is technologically feasible, sustainable, resilient, reliable, replicable (on a mass-scale basis), and cost-effective.

 

IQgrid’s containerized microgrid-in-a-box solutions integrate vitally necessary standardized pre-fabricated design elements, including specialized controls, pre-configured inverters, switches, cables, circuit breakers, PV panels, battery storage systems, and other electrical and mechanical devices that arrive on site—all enclosed in a 20-ft. container which offers protection and security from the outside elements.

Financing Innovations


A major strength of IQgrid, with respect to overcoming these various financing challenges, is its focus on ‘blended finance.’ Blended finance is defined by the Blended Finance Taskforce as “the use of public, and/or philanthropic funds to mobilize multiples of additional private capital. Blended finance is critical to addressing the multitude of risks and barriers that are currently preventing the accelerated mass-scale deployment of microgrids in remote regions of the developing world.


According to the Blended Finance Network (2018), impact investments have been pegged as the asset class within the blended finance universe which holds the greatest promise for MaaS innovations and related clean energy remote microgrid infrastructure development investments. Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. IQgrid has established an impact investment network with over $12.5 billion in assets under management.






“Microgrids hold the key to providing power for all. Microgrids-as-a-Service holds the power to help the industry deliver on this potential.” (Forbes.com, July 19, 2018)