Global Capacity of Distributed Energy Resources Is Expected to Reach Nearly 530 GW in 2026

Electric vehicle charging and flexibility technologies are expected to outpace competing distributed energy resources solutions in the next decade

Dec 21, 2017

A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for distributed energy resources (DER) technologies, providing forecasts for installed capacity and revenue in the commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential segments, through 2026.

Technology advances, business model innovation, changing regulations, and sustainability and resilience concerns have brought DER into the core of the future deployment of energy infrastructure. Encompassing a broad set of solutions that include systems and technologies designed to operate closer to customers on the electricity grid, the global proliferation of DER has begun to have a significant, and at times controversial, influence on the electricity industry. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, global DER capacity is expected to grow from 132.4 GW in 2017 to 528.4 GW in 2026.

“For countries and regions that started their energy transition early, the role of distributed generation technologies will be less while the technologies that help integrate this generation will play a key role in the deployment of DER infrastructure over the forecast period,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “In this realm, when and how the electrification of transport happens will have a significant impact on the development of DER deployments.”

Indeed, the influence of increasing DER deployments will vary in different countries and regions due to the existing and planned additions of centralized generation, according to the report. However, globally, distributed generation is expected to lead DER installations in 2017, and electric vehicle charging and flexibility technologies, such as demand response and energy storage, are expected to outpace competing solutions in the next decade.

The report, Global DER Deployment Forecast Database, provides a quantitative analysis of the global market for DER technologies and assesses the major market developments and technology trends. The technologies covered include distributed solar PV (<1 MW), small and medium wind turbines (<500 kW), microturbines, fuel cells, diesel and natural gas generator sets (<6 MW), distributed energy storage systems, microgrids, EV charging, demand response, and energy efficiency. Installed capacity and revenue forecasts in the commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential segments extend through 2026. This report also provides a comparison of DER and conventional generation deployments during the next decade. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Global DER Deployment Forecast Database, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.