Reduce Risk & Increase Energy Resiliency with a Solar Microgrid that Pays for Itself
When it comes to reliable, resilient energy for your business, you can think of solar as the first step in a low-to-zero emissions spectrum to choose from. Solar helps cut your energy spend, generate electricity closest to where it’s used, and meet sustainability goals. Adding energy storage can result in further energy cost cuts and lower emissions through demand and load management.
Both on-site and community solar generation are great places to start when it comes to energy resiliency. Although energy storage may sound daunting, you can actually backup your solar generation without requiring a huge investment. If your goal is business continuity and your operations require reliant, resilient energy even during grid power outages, now is the time to plan for grid outages. We can help you build the microgrid uniquely suited to your operations and electricity demands – a microgrid that can also pay for itself.
What is Your Cost of Energy Downtime?
This is a question that every organization should know their answer to. Energy downtime could mean losses in product, revenue, and even lives. The greater the potential cost, the more important it is to consider a resiliency plan.
Energy Resiliency Cost/Benefit Analysis
To do your cost/benefit analysis, consider a matrix of resiliency factors that relate directly to your operations and business. Your microgrid may be modular, leveraging different components for different installations. It also can be scalable, allowing for additions and future growth.
|Location (including utility)||Uninterruptible|
|Energy usage (kW)||Momentary|
|Utility rate (e.g. TOU)||Hours & Graceful Shutdown|
|Demand charges||Days to weeks|
How Does a Microgrid Work?
New solar and existing generation, including combined heat & power to diesel generators, can be optimized to provide more reliable energy access when the grid is unavailable. Commercial battery energy storage systems, uninterrupted power supplies, and other solar backup battery storage create resiliency. The trick is prioritizing what’s most important and then implementing solutions to cover the needs – from single building on through an entire campus.
With a surprisingly small, incremental investment, a solar battery backup system with advanced controllers, specialized inverters, and other software and hardware can be combined to create a solar microgrid. The addition of more advanced controls expands the amount of time you can operate during extended outages, which can last a few hours to multiple days.
Pays for itself
when the grid is up
Done right, an energy resiliency solution can pay for itself through grid-tied energy savings. Tapping into load and demand shifting and energy arbitrage enables significant additional energy cost savings for grid-sourced energy. Microgrid project financing can include adding storage to a PPA (power purchase agreement) as well as subscription microgrid as a service.
+Resiliency: Is a Microgrid Right for You?
There are plenty of uncertainties facing commercial businesses and public agencies these days. We think electricity availability shouldn’t be one of them.
Adding energy resiliency may be easier to achieve and finance than you think. Microgrids are NOT one-size-fits-all. So finding a vendor that delivers modular, scalable solar microgrids designed to work with your utility and local regulations is crucial. Here are some resources to explore those variations and help you find the solution best suited for you.
Jana Ganion, Sustainability & Government Affairs Director at Blue Lake Rancheria
Jana inspires us for her efforts to help the federally recognized native American tribe hit its goal to be Zero net carbon emissions by 2030. Getting there requires the ability to adapt by adopting the latest renewables and solar microgrid technologies.
How Much Resiliency Do You Really Need?
(Or more accurately, how much can you afford?)
Hosted by Smart Energy Decisions John Failla, this webcast explores energy resiliency and microgrids at many levels. From understanding the losses inflicted by power outages to how to afford greater energy resiliency, this webcast features Brad Dexter, president DHX – Dependable Hawaiian Express.
A Leading National Energy Resiliency Solution Provider
Full Lifecycle Energy Solutions
From microgrid finance to incentive application (such as California’s SGIP), REC Solar has the business, technical, and professional depth to resource your energy resiliency projects. We will help you optimize operations and maintenance for decades to come with a full lifecycle energy solution.
Develop an Energy Resiliency Plan That Pays for Itself
As more events impact the energy grid — hurricane season, for example, now starts earlier, lasts longer, and is predicted to include more storms each season — the need for an energy resiliency plan is more important than ever. Following the 2019 Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) events to decrease risks in California’s wildfire season, we held a webcast to discuss issues and opportunities of outages like PSPS events that impact large areas for days at a time.
Flexible Financing Options
Whether you are looking at your solar-powered microgrid as a capex or opex expense, we have the financing package that will work for you. That includes power purchase agreements (PPAs) that bundle solar, storage, microgrid controls, O&M services and more.
Energy Resiliency & Microgrid Finance Options
Power Purchase Agreement
Self-Generation Incentive Program Rebates