COMMERCIAL DEMAND CHARGE REDUCTION / PEAK LOAD SHAVING
WHAT ARE DEMAND CHARGES?
Demand charges are adders that utility companies charge commercial customers to ensure that they can deliver the maximum power ever needed by the client.
Demand charges are based on the highest 15-minute average usage recorded within a given month. If the facility tends to use a lot of power over short periods, the demand charges will comprise a larger part of the bill. If the facility uses power at a more consistent rate throughout the month, the demand charges will generally be a smaller part of the bill.
In our area we’ve seen bills where demand charges comprise 50% or more of the total:
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?
The good news is that Mountain View Solar can help you slash demand charges in three ways:
1. Install a solar PV array which will lower overall power usage, including demand charge during the day.
2. Install battery storage to store power and release it as needed during periods of peak load, therefore reducing demand charges from the utility. This implementation is called “peak load shaving”.
3. Analyze power usage to help further reduce demand charges by changing how equipment is turned on, or adding controls to reduce surge loads.
WHY MOUNTAIN VIEW SOLAR?
mtvSolar has the most experience in the mid-Atlantic area when it comes to solar and battery storage combinations. Our experience covers everything from small off-grid cabins, small micro-grids, through solar arrays on manufacturing facilities, hotels, water treatment plants and more.
COMMERCIAL BATTERY BACKUP
Unlike a generator, which requires time to come online and power loads, mtvSolar’s battery systems supply power immediately and silently, eliminating possible interruptions in critical infrastructure operation. They are also maintenance free.
Mountain View Solar’s battery backup systems use state of the art equipment by Schneider Electric, and American-Made industrial grade rack mount batteries by EastPenn/DEKA. These batteries are made from recycled material lending to their low environmental impact, and have a stand-by service life in excess of 10 years.
We believe the best way to charge a battery is with solar. mtvSolar can integrate a solar PV array with the battery storage, utilizing North American-Made solar modules. Even a small array can extend the battery autonomy by many days.