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Driving Improved DER Financing with New Software Platform Capabilities

Published by Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research) Product code 703406
Published Content info 17 Pages; 10 Tables, Charts & Figures
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Driving Improved DER Financing with New Software Platform Capabilities
Published: September 18, 2018 Content info: 17 Pages; 10 Tables, Charts & Figures

The global electric power industry is facing a fundamental shift from centralized generation toward a mix of distributed energy resources (DER) and smart grid solutions known as the Energy Cloud. Commercial and industrial (C&I) energy users will increasingly seek to deploy these new DER solutions to reduce energy use and spend without CAPEX or a negative impact on their day-to-day operations.

Navigant Research anticipates the continued growth of DER project finance asset classes will be required to support the need for the deployment of customer-sited DER at C&I facilities without CAPEX. Further, intelligent building and DER software platforms will need to demonstrate improved integrated analytics, operational control, and optimization capabilities for customer-sited DER. These capabilities will become key to meeting the DER financing needs of C&I energy users, DER financiers, DER solutions providers, project developers, utilities, energy service providers, and energy suppliers.

This Navigant Research report examines how new DER solutions can be financed to avoid CAPEX and meet the sustainability and operational efficiency needs of C&I energy users. The study explores trends related to C&I utility customers seeking broader energy savings via innovative DER financing. It also examines the integrated DER software platform capabilities required to meet stakeholder needs and efforts to develop and drive these capabilities, as well as improved DER financing.

Key Questions Addressed

  • Why do commercial and industrial (C&I) energy users and distributed energy resources (DER) solutions providers need to work together to deploy new customer-sited DER solutions?
  • How can project-based DER financiers ensure predictable cash flows from customer-sited DER project finance investments at C&I facilities?
  • What capabilities will intelligent building and customer-sited DER software platforms need to enable improved DER financing at C&I facilities?

Who Needs This Report

  • Utilities and energy suppliers
  • Energy service companies and project financers
  • DER technology providers, systems integrators, and financiers
  • EV technology providers
  • C&I solar PV project developers, systems integrators, and financiers
  • C&I demand response (DR) technology manufacturers, systems integrators, and financiers
  • C&I microgrid and virtual power plant technology manufacturers and financiers
  • Intelligent buildings software companies
  • Investor community
Table of Contents
Product Code: SI-DERSP-18

Table of Contents




C&I Utility Customers Seek Broader Energy Savings

  • Overcoming the Customer Payback Challenge
  • The Rise of Integrated DER Solutions to Meet Customer Needs
  • New Demand for Financed DER Solutions

Energy Project Financiers Seek New Markets

  • Assessing DER Project Financing Risks
  • New DER Project Finance Asset Classes
  • DER Project Finance Risk by Instrument Class

Integrated DER Software Platform Capabilities Required to Meet Stakeholder Needs

  • The Evolution of Building Energy Management Systems
  • The Rise of Intelligent Buildings Role in the Energy Transformation
  • Future Required DER Software Platform Functionality
  • Barriers to the Development of Integrated DER Software Capabilities

Stakeholder Efforts Drive Improved DER Financing and Software Platform Capabilities

  • Explore How New DER Solutions Can Be Financed to Avoid CAPEX
  • Intelligent Building and DER Software Platform Technology Providers: Work Together to Improve DER Financing via Integrated Analytics
  • Utilities, Utility Service Companies, and DER Solutions Providers: Work Together to Implement Integrated Software Platform Capabilities Direct

List of Charts and Figures

  • C&I Customer Expectations
  • Customer Payback Challenge
  • New Integrated DER Solutions
  • DER Project Delivery Value Chain
  • DER Project Transaction Options
  • DER Finance Risk by Instrument Class
  • Market Transformation from Linear to Sustained Engagements
  • Required Integrated DER Software Platform Capabilities

List of Tables

  • Overview of DER Project Finance Risks
  • Overview of DER Project Finance Asset Classes
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