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An aerial view of the Masera test bed. Image credit: EDF

Singapore-based microgrid specialist Canopy Power and French energy major EDF have partnered to develop, and on a case-by-case basis, own and operate microgrid projects in Asia.

Canopy Power designs, builds and finances renewable energy-powered microgrids for communities and commercial customers located in remote areas and islands. Within the partnership, Canopy Power will provide preliminary project development and engineering services and will operate either as owner’s engineer or as full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, depending on the project. EDF has a proven record of delivering solar-based energy solutions in underserved areas and will provide business and project development resources.

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Sujay Malve, founder and CEO of Canopy Power, said: “EDF and Canopy Power share the same purpose of fighting climate change by helping customers located at remote places and/or connected to poor grid infrastructure transition towards cheaper and more sustainable energy sources.

“Together we offer cost-effective, modular energy solutions to businesses and communities striving to make the shift in the right direction.”

Jean-Philippe Buisson, Senior VP Asia of EDF said: “EDF exports its expertise around the world with a strong ambition: to support its customers all over the world with their energy transition. Wherever we operate, we roll-out solutions that help to reduce carbon emissions.

“This partnership with Canopy Power supports our commitments in Asia to develop solar hybrid microgrids with the objective to decarbonise the electricity mix some of our customers are using, or give populations which do not have decent electricity supply access to clean electricity.”

As part of the partnership, Canopy Power’s Hornbill Microgrid Asset Management Platform will be installed at the MASERA microgrid testbed in Singapore. Built in 2018, the MASERA microgrid testbed was co-developed by EDF and Nanyang Technology University (NTU) to demonstrate microgrid technology as innovative and easily deployable.

The energy transition is a hot topic disrupting the utility industry in Asia and will be a key focus at Enlit Asia which takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 23-25 March. For more details click here.