Shawshank and Those Pure, Proud and Free Moments

By |2020-08-07T07:54:13+00:00August 11th, 2020|

Taking pride in our work I was chatting with my dad recently and he shared a story about how his neighbor needed to fix their house roof. They did their research and contracted the best rated roofing contractor in the area. To access the roof, the contractor had to erect scaffolding to "fix" the roof.

5 Microgrid / DES Hurdles and How to Overcome Them

By |2020-08-07T09:53:23+00:00August 6th, 2020|

Although investment in microgrids and other Distributed Energy Systems (DES) is growing at over 10%-37% CAGR (depending on specific technology, e.g. microgrids, 10.6%; distributed storage, 38%), we still see more pent up demand for DES than we see deals signed and projects completed. Why is that? Energy end users want DES, investors want to put

How to Hire on the Cutting Edge

By |2020-08-07T09:52:11+00:00August 4th, 2020|

Something I love about my job is that there is nowhere to hide. We are all in the middle of the most complex puzzle trying to fit all the pieces together seamlessly to create the perfect outcome. Building a business is a bit like mystery puzzles: you have one representative piece and some descriptive adjectives

Quick Guide to Distributed Energy Systems (DES)

By |2020-08-07T09:51:02+00:00July 30th, 2020|

This post is a primer quick guide to distributed energy systems and assumes no technical background on the part of the reader. You may have heard terms such as “microgrid”, or “Distributed Energy System (DES)” in the news, especially after storms or fires cause outages impacting large areas. Microgrids are a specific type of DES,

5 Ways to Grow Stronger from Disruption

By |2020-08-07T07:06:35+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Being Antifragile to Adapt Purposefully It’s often said “change is the only constant in life.” Despite this (or perhaps because of it), people have an instinctive desire to create “stability” and “safety” -- situations we think we can control and are comfortable in. That longing can make us reactionary rather than proactive in our outlook.

Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?

By |2020-08-07T06:55:50+00:00July 23rd, 2020|

Uggghhhhhh, what just happened? Am I in one piece? Can I move everything? What's that screaming? Oh man, is my bike okay? These were the first thoughts that went through my head a few weekends ago, and no, I wasn’t totally prepared for the unexpected on this occasion. I have lived and worked through many

What COVID-19 Can Teach us About the Future of Energy

By |2020-08-07T06:41:09+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Here at VECKTA we spend a lot of time talking about distributed energy systems (DES). The belief at the core of our business is that the future of energy lies not in massive centralized energy production and distribution, but in smaller, interconnected systems, capable of integrating with, or working independently from the central grid as

Resilience in the Age of Disruption

By |2020-08-07T06:26:35+00:00July 6th, 2020|

Blackouts at home are annoying. Blackouts in business can be devastating. Since the dawn of the electrical grid, businesses have largely relied on infrastructure outside their control to bring them a safe, reliable supply of electrical power and fuel for thermal loads. For most of the industrial age, this energy supply dependency has been unavoidable

The Simple Way to Secure Your Power

By |2020-08-07T06:19:43+00:00July 3rd, 2020|

VECKTA, the Energy Transition Platform™, has arrived. Also, the Energy Transition. Here. Now. Global. Is your business ready? Paraphrasing Hemingway, disruption happens two ways: “Gradually… then suddenly.” Incumbent giants ignore newcomers until too late. The gradual convergence of factors is overlooked until the sudden part hits, when the world tips in a new direction. The

VECKTA Vision with Gareth Evans

By |2020-08-07T06:07:30+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

The modern world is built on the back of outdated, dirty, and all-too-vulnerable technology. Cutting edge companies rely on systems designed and built decades ago. Centralized fossil-fueled power plants, inefficient and challenging to maintain delivery systems, and ageing infrastructure make up the crumbling foundation our economies are built upon. In recent years, severe weather events