Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) Solutions

Feb. 10, 2020
Microgrids hold the key to providing power for all. Microgrids-as-a-service holds the power to help the industry effectively deliver on this potential.

Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) offers the most viable solution for the various challenges confronting the microgrid industry and related attempts to accelerate energy access to people and small businesses in remote regions of the developing world. It is an emerging cloud-based business model, driven by microgrid technology innovations, digitalization, and other innovations such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and blockchain (a digital ledger technology platform for improving energy transactions).

MaaS enables third parties to effectively and efficiently produce, manage, and maintain distributed clean energy resources, while removing the complexities and financial risks of traditional microgrid deployments from energy providers and energy consumers. In addition to providing hardware and software solutions, MaaS operators offer operations & maintenance services and tools and secure the financing necessary to make microgrid deployment a simplified, affordable turnkey solution. It allows governments, utilities, communities, and organizations to deploy microgrids without any upfront investment or long-term operation and management responsibilities and allows for remote energy customers with limited financial resources to pay on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis.

This white paper provides a deep dive into one of those ideas/solutions:

  • Microgrids-as-a-service (MaaS)—a game-changing business model innovation that straddles the domains of the emerging microgrids industry ($31 billion by 2027) and the fast-growing energy-as-a-service industry ($126 billion by 2027).
  • It provides executive management and business development leadership within these, and related, industries with a “30,000-foot” systems thinking perspective of the MaaS industry, which has emerged as a market creating innovation that is capable of substantially contributing to the lofty United Nations’ sustainability expectations.
  • This deep dive also provides elevated perspectives and insights into key component parts of the MaaS industry, which are comprised of:
    • 1) transformative innovations related to ‘next gen’ microgrid-in-a-box technologies;
    • 2) revolutionary business model innovations; and
    • 3) sustainable institutional-level blended finance mechanisms—with a notable emphasis on impact investing.

To learn more down this free white paper.